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Massachusetts III (BB-2)

Massachusetts (BB-2)

Massachusetts (BB-2) photographed by E.H. Hart off New York City, during the victory review, circa August 1898. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph, NH 46423.

(BB‑2: dp. 10,288; l. 350'11"; b. 69'3"; dr. 24'; s. 16.21 k.; cpl. 586; a. 4 13", 8 8", 4 6", 2 3", 20 6‑pdrs., 6 1‑pdrs., 6 18" tt.; cl. Indiana)

One of the Thirteen Original States of the Union, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ratified the Constitution 6 February 1788.


Passaconaway (q.v.), a twin‑turreted Kalamazoo class monitor, was first renamed Thunderer 15 June 1869 and then renamed Massachusetts while laid up in an unfinished condition at the Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. Never completed, she was condemned under an act of Congress 5 August 1882 and broken up in 1884.

The fourth Massachusetts (BB‑2) was laid down by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., 25 June 1891; launched 10 June 1893; sponsored by Miss Leila Herbert, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Hilary Herbert; and commissioned 10 June 1896, Capt. Frederick Rodgers in command.

Published: Thu Apr 09 12:13:22 EDT 2020