NH 92091. Battleships of the Great White Fleet. Photo by C.E. Waterman, collection of Roy D. France, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Download image.
The Original Fleet
“Did you ever see such a fleet? Isn’t it magnificent? Oughtn’t we all feel proud?” exclaimed President Roosevelt as, from the presidential yacht Mayflower, he watched the sixteen gleaming white and buff first-class battleships pass out of Hampton Roads, through the Virginia Capes, and into the open sea. The fleet was organized into two squadrons, and each squadron consisted of two divisions of four battleships each.
—From The World Cruise of the Great White Fleet, p. 3
Changes at San Francisco
Two ships detached:
Two ships added:
In addition, battleship divisions were reorganized before the Great White Fleet departed San Francisco.
Torpedo Boat Destroyers and Auxiliaries
Contributing to the overall success of the voyage, the following torpedo boat destroyers and fleet auxiliaries accompanied the battleships during parts of the cruise: