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American Dreadnought sailing into New York. I believe this is the USS Florida (BB-30).

On the rear of this postcard, posted December 27th 1912, part of the message says here is a photo of the good ship Flo as we coming into the navy yard Nov 28th, 12. I think it a dandy fine picture.

The USS was a Florida class battleship of the United States Navy, the lead ship of her class of two (Uthah being the other). Launched 12th May 1912, she displaced 23,700 tons with a length of 521 ft 6 inches and a beam of 106 ft. Design speed was 21 knots. Her armament consisted of 10 -12 in guns in her main battery, with her secondary battery having 12 - 5 in guns and 8 3 in guns. She also had 2 21 in torpedo tubes above water.

In World War 1, as part of the Battleship Division 9, she joined the British Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, on 7 December 1917. She participated in the Grand Fleet's manoeuvres and evolutions, and performed convoy duty with the 6th Battle Squadron through the remainder of the war. She rendezvoused with the Grand Fleet on 20 November 1918 when it met to escort the German High Seas Fleet into the Firth of Forth.

Florida was modernized in 1925-27, receiving heavier deck armour and anti-torpedo blisters along her sides, as well as oil-burning boilers and a rearranged secondary gun battery. Her two funnels were trunked into one and her "basket" mainmast was removed. The ship served but a few years in this new guise, as she had to be removed from the National armament under the terms of the 1930 London naval limitations treaty. Accordingly, USS Florida was decommissioned in February 1931 and scrapped at the Philadelphia Navy Yard later in that year. The silver service for Florida is currently on permanent display in the State Dining Room of the Florida Governor's Mansion. The ship's bell is displayed in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida.

The original postcard is quite badly scratched and creased wth one corner torn off. I have restored this in Photoshop to the point of minimising any change to the original image. Accordingly, some minor scratches have been left to preserve historical accuracy and picture character.
· Date: Tue, 25 August 09 · Views: 178
· Tags: 2 · Filesize: 443.7kb · Dimensions: 980 x 604 ·
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Keywords: Dreadnought, Florida, New York, WW1
Source of Image, If not your own: Original photographic postcard from my personal collection.


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Tue, 25 August 09 12:05

Thank you sir! It really is a "dandy image". Great potted history too.
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