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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Indiana (Battleship # 1, BB-1), 1895-1920,
later renamed Coast Battleship # 1

USS Indiana, a 10,288-ton battleship, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and commissioned in November 1895. She spent her entire career in the Atlantic area. During the Spanish-American War, Indiana operated in the Caribbean, and participated in the 3 July 1898 naval battle off Santiago, Cuba.

In the years following that conflict, the battleship operated with the fleet and with the Naval Academy Practice Squadron. Indiana served as a training ship during the First World War. Decommissioned for the last time in January 1919, her name was changed to Coast Battleship # 1 a few months later. She was subsequently used as a target in ordnance tests, being sunk in November 1920.

This page features several views related to USS Indiana.

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Photo #: NH 73975

USS Indiana (BB-1)


Undated photograph, probably taken circa 1895-1900.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 61210

USS Indiana (BB-1)


Photograph taken in the summer of 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 52644

USS Indiana (BB-1)


Photographed off New York City by George P. Hall & Sons, Summer 1898. USS Iowa (BB-4) is in the distance, beyond Indiana's starboard side.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 91935

USS Indiana (BB-1)


In drydock at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, during 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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The following photograph shows Indiana in the background, with another ship as the main subject of the view:

Photo #: NH 78627-KN (Color)

"Before the War"


Painting by Carlton T. Chapman, depicting the U.S. North Atlantic Squadron anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia, circa late March or early April 1898. Ships present are (left to right: USS New York, USS Indiana, USS Texas, USS Massachusetts, USS Columbia and USS Iowa.

Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of Capt. R.G. Colbert, USN.
Navy Art Accession #: 63-33-B
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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The following photographs show scenes on board Indiana:

Photo #: NH 52653

USS Indiana (BB-1)


View on the forecastle, circa 1897, showing some of her crewmen, her pilothouse, forward 13-inch gun turret and forward port 8- inch gun turret.
Halftone photograph, copied from the contemporary publication Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 93856

USS Indiana (BB-1)


Crewmen standing atop her forward port side 8-inch gun turret, circa the later 1890s. The small steamer Riverside is visible on the right.

Courtesy of Paul Silverstone, 1982.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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25 September 1998