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USS California (BB 44) under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The only dreadnought-era battleship built on the West Coast.

USS California (BB 44) under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The only dreadnought-era battleship built on the West Coast.

USS California (BB 44)
Class: Tennessee
Laid Down: Oct. 25, 1916
Launched: Nov. 20, 1919
Commissioned: Aug. 10, 1921
Displacement: 32,300 tons (40,950 after refit)
Length: 624.5 feet
Beam: 97.3 feet
Draft: 30.3 feet
Speed: 21 knots
Complement: 57 officers, 1026 men
Armament:
   12× 14-inch (356 mm) guns
   14× 5-inch (127 mm) guns
   4× 3-inch (76 mm) guns
   2× 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947
Sold for scrap: July 10, 1959
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Let’s go inside the turret of the battleship USS Massachusetts

16" Projectiles

16" Projectiles

Color photos from inside the rear turret of BB 59.

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Here are some great B&W photos of a recent skateboarding event aboard the USS North Carolina (BB 55) by Justin McLeod.

Red Bull Skateboarding and SPoTlight Productions first ever Skate Contest on the USSNC Battleship

Red Bull Skateboarding and SPoTlight Productions first ever Skate Contest on the USSNC Battleship

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BB-67 USS Montana

Interview: BB-67 Montana Author

Last spring I talked with W. Frederick Zimmerman about his Nimble Book on the never-built class of superbattleships.

1. What made you decide to put together a book on the BB-67 USS Montana?

I had been experimenting with new formats for micropublishing (see Publish A “Nimble” Book With Us) and I wanted to publish a book with a strong pictorial element. I have been a battleship fan since I was a kid, and I knew that the Naval Historical Center has a lot of great public domain images online. I chose MONTANA because as a long-time participant in the Usenet newsgroup sci.military.naval (my first post was in 1995) I knew that naval history fans on the Internet love battleships, superships, and hypothetical ships, and MONTANA was the biggest, baddest hypothetical U.S. supership ever designed. 😉

Read the rest here.

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Comments

  1. Brian: Hmmm. You’re right.

    I’ve always thought that California was it. Maybe it was only dreadnought-era battleship.

    I’ll update the post.

    Thanks.

  2. Also, it turns out that the USS Nebraska (BB 14) was built in Seattle. She was a pre-dreadnought.

    Googling around turns up a lot of hits that claim the California was the only battleship built on the West Coast. Seems to be a common misconception.

    Not that I’m making excuses. I think somewhere someone made the claim about the California being the only dreadnought built on the WC, someone didn’t know what a dreadnought was and looked it up. The definition in Webster’s was “battleship” and they wrote “only battleship built on the West Coast.”

  3. So the Oregon BB-3, Nebraska BB-14, and California BB-44 are the only battleships built on the west coast?

  4. The “…only dreadnought-era battleship built on the West Coast” would be correct. The others would be pre-dreadnought, that is a class inferior to HMS Dreadnought of 1906. That particular Webster’s is not up to speed on battleship development.

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