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Washington (BB-47)



(Battleship No. 47: displacement 32,600; 1ength 624'0"; beam 97'6"; draft 30'6"; speed 21 knots; complement 1,354; armament 8 16-inch, 20 5-inch, 8 3-inch (antiaircraft); class Colorado)

Washington (Battleship No. 47) was laid down on 30 June 1919 at Camden, N.J., by the New York Shipbuilding Corp.; reclassified BB-47 on 17 July 1920; launched on 1 September 1921; and sponsored by Miss Jean Summers, the daughter of Congressman J. W. Summers of Washington state. On 8 February 1922, however, two days after the signing of the Washington Treaty for the Limitation of Naval Armaments on 6 February 1922, all construction work ceased on the 75.9 percent completed dreadnought. Ultimately, her uncompleted hull was towed out to sea, where she was sunk as a gunnery target on 25 November 1924.

Robert J. Cressman

23 February 2016

Published: Wed Aug 04 11:00:57 EDT 2021