13:18

Welcome
Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

  Home · Search · Register  

Home » United States Navy Ships Photo Options

« Previous image · Next image »

USSFlorida
Dreadnought USS Florida

« Previous image  · Slide Show · Next image »


Photo Details
threefunnels



Member

Registered: August 2009
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Posts: 37
View Gallery Profile Send PM users gallery
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: 173
· Tags: 2 · Filesize: 443.7kb · Dimensions: 980 x 604 ·
Additional Info
Keywords: Dreadnought, Florida, New York, WW1
Source of Image, If not your own: Original photographic postcard from my personal collection.
QMWheelhouse.jpg
USSFlorida.jpg
FloatingDockPortsmouth_2.jpg
FloatingDockPortsmouth_1.jpg
Grytviken_2001.jpg
Hero_1001.jpg
Biscoe_2001.jpg
Biscoe_1001.jpg
Bransfield_2001.jpg
Bransfield_1001.jpg
Endurance_4001.jpg
Endurance_3001.jpg

Author
Thread  
makko

Senior Member

Registered: July 2006
Location: Mexico City
Posts: 5,789
Tue, 25 August 09 12:05

Thank you sir! It really is a "dandy image". Great potted history too.
Thx,
Dave
This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Find more posts by this user Visit this user's gallery  

Photo Sharing Gallery by PhotoPost
Copyright © 2007 All Enthusiast, Inc.



Support SN


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.