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

USS Missouri (BB-11), 1903-1922, Selected Views

USS Missouri, a 13,500 ton Maine class battleship, was built at Newport News, Virginia. Commissioned in December 1903, she initially served off the U.S. coast. On 13 April 1904, an accident in Missouri's after twelve-inch gun turret took the lives of 36 of her crew. Three others were awarded Medals of Honor for heroism during this tragedy. Following repairs, the battleship operated in the Mediterranean Sea, off the U.S. east coast and in the Caribbean. In December 1907 to February 1909, she participated in the cruise around the World of the "Great White Fleet".

Upon her return from that long voyage, Missouri was modernized. Her operations after 1909 were generally in the western Atlantic and Caribbean, but she made a training cruise to Europe in 1914 and steamed through the Panama Canal to the Pacific in 1915. During World War I, Missouri served as a training ship in the Chesapeake Bay area. Her final duties, in 1919, included four voyages to Europe to bring U.S. servicemen home. USS Missouri was decommissioned in September 1919 and sold for scrapping in January 1922.

This page features views of and on board USS Missouri, selected from the more extensive coverage linked below.

For more comprehensive picture coverage on this ship, her crew and activities, see:
USS Missouri in 1903-10;
USS Missouri in 1911-19;
USS Missouri Turret Fire, 13 April 1904;
USS Missouri, On Board and Close Up Views;
USS Missouri, Miscellaneous Images.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the Online Library's digital images, see "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: NH 67619

USS Missouri (BB-11)


At dockside, circa 1903-08.
Note prisoner working party at left, guarded by Marines and moving a handcart full of debris.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 575 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101511

USS Missouri (BB-11)


Photographed in 1909 by Brown & Shaffer.

Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 49KB; 740 x 455 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 73411

USS Missouri (BB-11)


Passing Cucaracha Slide while transiting the Panama Canal on 16 July 1915. View looks north, with dredges working in the background.

Collection of J.W. Augustine, 1968.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 97KB; 740 x 525 pixels

 
Photo #: 19-N-13078

USS Missouri (BB-11)


Photographed circa 1918, flying a Rear Admiral's flag.
Note that some of her broadside guns have been removed for wartime service in other ships.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 535 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 82511

USS Missouri (BB-11)


Ship's officers pose on the quarterdeck with officers from the Japanese Armored Cruiser Nisshin, at Yokohama, Japan, 24 October 1908.
Missouri was visiting Japan during the "Great White Fleet"'s cruise around the World.
Photograph by A. Farsaride Co., Yokohama, Japan.

See NH 82511 Full Caption for the names of those present.

Donation of Brigadier General Robert L. Denig, Jr, USMC(Retired), 1974, from the collection of his Father, BGen. Robert L. Denig, USMC.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 119KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101537

USS Missouri (BB-11)


Signalmen posing with a lighted semaphore device on board the battleship, circa 1909.

Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 470 x 765 pixels

 

For more comprehensive picture coverage on this ship, her crew and activities, see:
USS Missouri in 1903-10;
USS Missouri in 1911-19;
USS Missouri Turret Fire, 13 April 1904;
USS Missouri, On Board and Close Up Views;
USS Missouri, Miscellaneous Images.

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21 January 1999