In January 1920, the keel of USS North Carolina, a 43,200-ton South Dakota class battleship, was laid at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. The ship was suspended in February 1922, under the terms of the Washington Naval Limitations Treaty, and construction was later cancelled. North Carolina was stricken from the Navy List and sold in October-November 1923. She was subsequently broken up on the shipbuilding ways.
This page features our only view of USS North Carolina (BB-52) under construction.
For pictorial coverage of the design of this class of warships, see: South Dakota class battleships.
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Photo #: NH 92856
USS North Carolina (BB-52)
Ship on the building ways at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, in September 1921, showing red lead paint test areas on her hull sides.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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8 May 2000