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

USS New Jersey (Battleship # 16, BB-16), 1906-1923

USS New Jersey, a 14,948-ton Virginia class battleship, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts. Commissioned in May 1906, she spent her entire career with the Atlantic Fleet. In December 1907, New Jersey participated in the "Great White Fleet's" cruise around the World. This demonstration of the contemporary battlefleet's strategic mobility lasted more than a year, ending in February 1909.

Following her World cruise, New Jersey was modernized. Now painted grey and outfitted with the new "cage" masts, she operated in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean. In 1914, she was present during the Vera Cruz intervention. During World War I, New Jersey joined the other older battleships in providing shipboard training for the huge numbers of men who joined the wartime Navy. After the War, she made four trans-Atlantic voyages to bring veterans home from Europe. USS New Jersey was decommissioned in August 1920. She was sunk off Cape Hatteras as a bombing target in September 1923.

This page features a variety of USS New Jersey overall views, taken throughout her active service.

For photographs of this battleship in action, and for views of her crew, see USS New Jersey Actions, Activities and Crew

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.

The following photographs show USS New Jersey as she was when first completed:

Photo #: NH 45480

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


Fitting out at the Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, early in 1906.

Courtesy of the Bethlehem Steel Company, Skerritt Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 99KB; 600 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: 19-N-2-26-15

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


At the Jamestown Exposition Naval Review, Hampton Roads, Virginia, 2 May 1907.

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

Online Image: 38KB; 740 x 375 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 19-N-2-16-12

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


Photographed in 1906-07, with a steam launch and coal barges alongside.

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

Online Image: 78KB; 740 x 610 pixels

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

 


The following photographs show USS New Jersey after her 1909 modernization:

Photo #: NH 101506

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


Photographed in 1909 by Brown & Shaffer.

Collection of CQM John Harold.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 47KB; 740 x 455 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45483

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


Dressed with flags, during a naval review, circa 1911-13.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 575 pixels

 


The following photographs show USS New Jersey during and after the First World War:

Photo #: NH 100409

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


Wearing camouflage paint, circa 1918.

Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1985.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 465 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 61240

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


At Boston, Massachusetts, 3 May 1919, with tugs alongside.
Photographed by Crosby Naval Photographer, Boston.

Donation of Ralph H. Wheeler, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 45KB; 740 x 425 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 73781

USS New Jersey (BB-16)


At Boston, Massachusetts, 3 May 1919.
Photographed by Crosby, Boston, using a wide-angle camera.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 

For photographs of New Jersey in action, and for views of her crew, see USS New Jersey (BB-16) Actions, Activities and Crew

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16 November 1998