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BB-26 USS SOUTH CAROLINA


South Carolina Class Battleship: Displacement 16,000 Tons, Dimensions, 452' 9" (oa) x 80' 3" x 27' 1" (Max). Armament 8 x 12"/45 22 x 3"/50, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 12" Conning Tower. Machinery, 16,500 IHP; 2 vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 18.5 Knots, Crew 869.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Cramp, Shipbuilding, Philadelphia, PA., December 18 1906. Launched July 11 1908. Commissioned March 1 1910. Decommissioned December 15 1921. Stricken November 10 1923.
Fate: Sold April 24 1924 and broken up for scrap.
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BB-26 South Carolina689kTypes of proposed battleship & Armored Crusier Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo from Omaha Daily Bee.(Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 13 May 1906, COMIC SECTION, Image 35, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina2.75kAMERICA'S RIVAL TO GREAT BATTLESHIP DREADNOUGHT WILL HAVE A DIAMETRICAL FIRING RANGE OF 50 MILES Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 15 November 1906, Evening Edition, Final Results Edition, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina2.22kOUR PROPOSED 20,000 TON BATTLESHIP TO BEAT THE DREADNOUGHT.
PLANNED TO BE THE MOST POWERFUL MAN-OF-WAR ON EARTH.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 2 December 1906, Image 55, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina3.02kTHE ALL-BIG-GUN BATTLESHIPS SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26) AND MICHIGAN (BB-27).
First picture ever made of these remarkable ships.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924,13 January 1908, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina1.95kNEW DREADNOUGHT OF NAVY.
The New Battleship South Carolina (BB-26) as it glided into the water yesterday.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 12 July 1908, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina321kThe launch of the South Carolina (BB-26) yesterday. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 July 1908, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina4.31kAMERICA'S NEW DREADNOUGHT, SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26), WITH HER QUEER MASTS, ALL READY FOR BUSINESS Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 19 August 1909, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina118kNavy Recruiting Poster, circa 1909. Poster featuring a sailor, a South Carolina class battleship, small craft and details on pay and benefits, published about 1909.USNHC # NH 65452-KN.
BB-26 South Carolina364k Port side view of a model of the South Carolina (BB-26) at US Navy's Modeling Basin in VA. Courtesy of Mike Ley.
BB-26 South Carolina187k Starboard and mast view of the South Carolina (BB-26) as completed, Drawing by A.L. Raven. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-26 South Carolina78kBow decoration, photographed by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 18 November 1909, during the final months of her outfitting. This fancywork had been removed by March 1910. Note anchors. USNHC # 19-N-20-12-16.
BB-26 South Carolina110kSeen four days after commissioning on 5 March 1910, the first American Dreadnought.USN photo.
BB-26 South Carolina403kSouth Carolina (BB-26) passing Moro Castle during her departure at Havana Harbor, Cuba, during her shakedown cruise, 7 April 1910. Photo 6a23470v courtesy of Library of Congress; PAN FOR GEOG - Cuba no. 6 (F size) [P&P] via Mike Green.
BB-26 South Carolina1.56kOUR NAVAL GUNNERS BEAT THE WORLD
UNCLE SAM'S NAVAL MARKSMEN HAVE BEEN MAKING REMARKABLE SCORES, FIRING ON WAVES WHILE BEING TOWED AT DISTANCE
COXSWAIN J. R. EDWARDS, OF THE BATTLESHIP SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26).
He made sixteen bull's-eyes out of sixteen shots in about four minutes. Photograph taken on the battleship, standing outside of turret, beside his guns.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI. & Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Evening Bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, 27 May 1910, 3:30 EDITION, Image 1 & New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 July 1910, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina705kAfter conducting trials off the Virginia Capes and off Provincetown, Mass., the South Carolina (BB-26) visited New York City on 17 and 18 June on the occasion of a reception for former President Theodore Roosevelt.
It is possible that she appears here during that visit.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Library of Congress photo # LC-B2-2332-7, Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection courtesy of flickr.com.
BB-26 South Carolina90kSouth Carolina (BB-26), possibly at Newport News, VA., shortly after commissioning. Probably when she sailed for repairs at Norfolk, naval militia training duty, and Atlantic Fleet maneuvers off Provincetown and the Virginia Capes, from the end of June until the beginning of November, 1910. USN photo by Brown Brothers, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba62kPanoramic image (made from two individual views), showing U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships and auxiliaries in Guantanamo Bay, circa the early or middle 1910s.
Ships present include (in left half of image): four Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleships, one South Carolina class (BB-26 / 27) battleship, one Delaware class (BB-28 / 29) battleship, two unidentified auxiliaries and a collier; (in right half of image): all six Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships, both Mississippi class (BB-23 / 24) battleships, two unidentified auxiliaries, hospital ship Solace (AH-2) and a gunboat.
USNHC # NH 104537. Photo from the 1909-1924 album of Vice Admiral Olaf M. Hustvedt, USN (Retired). Courtesy of Rick Hauck, 2006.
SS-13-192.76kTender Severn, Snapper (SS-16), Tarpon (SS-14), Bonita (SS-15), Salmon (SS-19), Stingray (SS-13) in Dry Dock # 2, Navy Yard Norfolk VA., February 24, 1911. Time to prepare dock 8 hours: Dock commenced to flood 8:30 AM. Yard workmen taking off manhole plate 12:30 PM.
Between 1 November 1910 and 12 January 1911, South Carolina (BB-26) voyaged to Europe and back with the 2d Battleship Division. This visit took her to Cherbourg, France, and Portland, England. Upon her return to Norfolk, she entered the navy yard for repairs, and then conducted tactics training and maneuvers off the New England coast.
The South Carolina is the battleship in the background.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
US National Archives photo from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
SS-13-192.47kTender Severn, Snapper (SS-16), Tarpon (SS-14), Bonita (SS-15), Salmon (SS-19), & Stingray (SS-13) in Dry Dock # 2, Navy Yard Norfolk VA., February 24, 1911. Time to prepare dock 8 hours: Dock commenced to flood 8:30 AM. Yard workmen taking off manhole plate 12:30 PM. both times.
Note the # 32 on the sail of the Salmon.
US National Archives photo from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-19 Louisiana 652k CZAR WILL VISIT AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS
The American battleship fleet under command of Rear-Admiral C. J. Badger arrived at Cronstadt, and remained several days. Emperor Nicholas did the United States the unusual honor of visiting the vessels, and also received Admiral Badger and the fleet officers in the palace in this city. The fleet comprises the battleships Louisiana (BB-19), South Carolina (BB-26), Kansas (BB-21) and New Hampshire (BB-25).
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 09 April 1911, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina67kIn New York Harbor, 3 October 1911. Photographed by the New York Navy Yard. USNHC # NH 44250.
BB-26 South Carolina59kOff New York City, probably in early October 1911.USNHC # NH 73256
BB-26 South Carolina1.18kWhat Navy Offers to Young Men - Secretary Meyer Tells How It Has Been Americanized and Discusses Its Efficiency.
NAVAL RESERVISTS ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26)
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 15 October 1911, Image 13, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina113kSailors on shore leave from South Carolina (BB-26) on 22 October 1911.
Late in 1911, she took part in the naval review at New York and maneuvers with the 1st Squadron out of Newport, R.I.
Digital ID: # ggbain 09957, LC-B2-2333-3 & LC-B2-2332-9 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection, courtesy of Tom Kermen. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-26 South Carolina650kHOW AMERICA'S GUNNERS HOLD THE SUPREMACY OF THE SEA
THE EYES OF THE GUNS
Above is the Ordinance Officer who sits in the Foretop and Directs by Telephone the Marksmanship of the Gunners Below.
At the Bottom of the page is the Crew of a Seven inch Gun on the Utah (BB-31)
Lowering a Pontoon Raft with Contact Mines from Battleship South Carolina (BB-26) to the Ship's Cutter
Placing the Mines from the Bow to the Cutter
Photos by Enrique Mueller.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
The Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, 12 May 1912, Magazine Section, Image 38, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina88kCrew photo, 29 November 1912, possibly in Pensacola, Florida. Contributed by Richard Leonhardt.
BB-26 South Carolina94kPhotographed circa 1910-14. USNHC # NH 44252.
BB-26 South Carolina90kUnderway, circa 1910-14.USNHC # NH 61225.
Atlantic Fleet581kSouth Carolina (BB-26) underway circa 1910-1914. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-B2-2065-11, courtesy of Mike Green.
Photo added 08/13/14.
BB-26 South Carolina 246k Postcard photo of the South Carolina (BB-26). Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
BB-26 South Carolina972kFLEET'S COMMANDER, AND BATTLESHIP
Battleship South Carolina (BB-26), Which was Intercepted by Wireless While on Way From Santo Domingo to New York and Ordered to Join the Fleet at Vera Cruz.
Insert is a Picture of Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939,22 April 1914, LAST AND HOME EDITION, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina672kUNITED STATES BATTLESHIP SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26). Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Iron County Record.(Cedar City, Utah) 1893-1982, 24 April 1914, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina805kTREMENDOUS POWER OF FLEET NOW OFF MEXICO
Severe Trial of Big Guns Before They Are Mounted. Impenetrable Crust of Steel Blocks Mexican Ports.
SOUTH CAROLINA (BB-26) FIRING A BROADSIDE.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 26 April 1914, Image 45, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships71k U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships steaming toward Mexican waters in 1914. Photograph copyrighted in 1914 by E. Muller, Jr., and Pach.
OUR POWERFUL NORTH ATLANTIC FLEET
This is to considered be the most powerful battle fleet in the world. Recently it returned from the Mediterranean and left Hampton Roads for the south. During the last battle practice each of the vessels made a record for herself while the flagship Wyoming (BB-32) broke the world's record at target practice. The photograph shows the nine ships in the order in which they usually sail. The Wyoming is in the lead at the right, and is followed by the Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Delaware (BB-28), North Dakota (BB-29), South Carolina (BB-26), Rhode Island (BB-17), Georgia (BB-15),and New Jersey (BB-16).
The following battleships that were dispatched to Mexican waters included the:
Ohio (BB-12), Virginia (BB-13), Nebraska (BB-14), Connecticut (BB-18), Louisiana (BB-19), Vermont (BB-20), Kansas (BB-21), Minnesota (BB-22), Mississippi (BB-23), Idaho (BB-24), New Hampshire (BB-25), Michigan (BB-27), Arkansas (BB-33), New York (BB-34) & Texas (BB-35).
In insets are (left to right):
Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo,
Rear Admiral Frank F. Fletcher,
Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger.
USNHC # NH 60322.
Insert PDF image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo by The Madison Journal. (Tallulah, Madison Parish, La.) 1888-current, 07 February 1914, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina74kExperimental coaling at sea while under way in April 1914. Rigging between the two ships was used to transfer two 800-pound bags of coal at a time. The bags were landed on a platform in front of the battleship's forward 12-inch gun turret, and then carried to the bunkers. Original photo is printed on a postal card, inscribed on the reverse: "This is a picture of us coaling at sea last April. I have put a cross over where I stood. I unhooked bags of coal when they came over. It is raining when this picture was taken. We were out of sight of land off coast of Virginia. "The donor, a seaman in South Carolina (BB-26) at the time, comments: "it showed that this was possible but a very slow method of refueling. Nothing was heard of the test afterwords."USNHC # NH 76012.
BB-26 South Carolina74kSouth Carolina (BB-26) steaming under forced draft, bound for Vera Cruz, Mexico, in Mid-April 1914. View looks aft and up, with the battleship's "cage" foremast and the top of her starboard boat crane dominating the image. Note searchlights and signal hoists.USNHC # NH 76015.
BB-26 South Carolina108kU.S. Navy Landing Party. Photographed on board ship, probably at the time of the Vera Cruz incident, circa April 1914. These sailors are wearing Marine Corps flannel shirts and khaki trousers, with dyed "white hats". They are posing with M1903 "Springfield" rifles and at least one man is wearing an ammunition belt. The ship may be South Carolina (BB-26).USNHC # NH 100832.
BB-27 Michigan1.41k HAS BATTLESHIP OFF HAITIEN COAST
CAPTAIN ROBERT L. RUSSELL
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Daily Missoulian. (Missoula, Mont.) 1904-1961, 07 August 1914, Morning, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-27 Michigan377kTaken from the U.S. battleship Michigan (BB-27), the target, anchored in Chesapeake Bay, with the Rhode Island (BB-17) standing by passing a line to take it in tow. The ships take turns at towing the target. Photo by Enrique Mueller Jr.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 9 May 1915, Image 51.
Atlantic Fleet250k OUTLINED AGAINST A CURTAIN OF DARKNESS
A fleet of destroyers and torpedo-boats has now arrived at New York to join the heavy ships of the line. Altogether, about 50 vessels will be assembled when the ceremonies began next Monday. It is promised that the strained international relations will have no effect on the parade.
Photo by International News Service.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 13 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina750kBATTLESHIP LANDS 230 RESCUED FROM RYNDAM, DAMAGED IN COLLISION Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 & 28 May 1915, Images 1 & 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina4.38k"Battleship South Carolina (BB-26) at a distance of nine miles, firing on a target seen between the towers of water during the naval games in Chesapeake Bay, just concluded. The observers on a sister ship in the foreground are only a few hundred yards away." USN photo by Enrique Muller Jr, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 31 October 1915, page 8.
BB-26 South Carolina4.38k"The target when the South Carolina (BB-26) had finished firing." USN photo by Enrique Muller Jr, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 31 October 1915, page 8.
BB-8 Alabama 607k NEW COMMANDANT INDUCTED INTO OFFICE AT NAVY YARD
Captain Robert Lee Russell, formerly commander of the battleship South Carolina (BB-26), arrived at Leauge Island Navy Yard today to assume charge of the affairs of the naval station. Captain Russell succeeds the late Captain John J. Knapp. The picture shows the reception of the new commandant on the Alabama (BB-8).
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 03 December 1915, Night Extra, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 South Carolina211kStarboard view, circa 1916.Photo by E. Muller, Jr. Contributed by Roy C. Thomas from the book, "The United States Navy", published in 1919.
BB-26 South Carolina508kUnited States Dreadnought South Carolina (BB-26). Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo from Crittenden Record-Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1909-191?, 12 October 1916, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-26 & 2756k U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1916-1917. Second section from left (of six) of a panoramic photograph taken from the Naval Station radio tower. Among the ships present are: battleships South Carolina (BB-26) and Michigan (BB-27)(toward the left, in no particular order); destroyers Drayton (left center) and Aylwin (center, middle distance); and a battleship that is either Wyoming (BB-32) or Arkansas (BB-33)(right foreground). USNHC # NH 76418 photo courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Donation of MMC Jesse Forton, USN (Retired), 1972.
BB-26 South Carolina51kInboard profile of the South Carolina (BB-26) 1918. Her large mast base chart house has been removed and her conning tower enlarged, with a small fire control section ("tower") at its rear end. These ships had the base of their mainmasts covered in canvas through most of their careers. These bases covered the engine room hatches. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-26 South Carolina100k On 6 January 1918 the South Carolina (BB-26) sailed to Colon, Panama, where her crew saw the newly completed canal. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo Credits: Panama Canal Company, US Navy, I.L. Maduro, Skip Rowley, Louie Barbier via czbrats.com.
BB-26 South Carolina65k Leviathan (ID # 1326) in New York Harbor, 1918, with a tug steaming by on the right and a battleship in the left background. Photographed by E. Muller, Jr., 198 Broadway, New York City, and printed on postcard stock.
The ship in the photo is either South Carolina (BB-26) or Michigan (BB-27) (this is the after portion of the ship we see). The significant tell-tales are the "step-in" on visible funnel and its distance from the main mast (other dreadnought classes crowded the funnels and mast together) and the location of end of the foredeck. The foredeck for the Delaware class (BB-28 / 29) and Florida class (BB-30 / 31) ended near the fore mast, whereas here we see most of the secondary battery gun-house atop the foredeck (rather than case-mates in the hull) and the foredeck continuing aft to the mainmast before stepping down to the main weather deck. The structure between the funnel and mast is the king-post of the port-side boat crane with a 3" gun platform on top; in this class the starboard side crane was situated outboard of the forward funnel.
The size and shape of the fighting top is also consistent with the a South Carolina Class. The barrels of the No. 4 are concealed by the bow of the Leviathan but the turret is visible. The structure sitting above where the No. 3 turret should be as well as that, which extends from it to the Leviathan's bow above the No. 4 Turret would seem to belong to another ship anchored beyond the BB, its funnel being visible above the Leviathan's foredeck (note the black funnel cap). Throughout 1918, both ships were on training duty and convoy escort along the east coast until the Armistice when both were used as transports to bring troops home. To determine which of the 2 BB's this is, it would be helpful to know when each would have made port in NYC at the same time as the Leviathan.
The Leviathan reportedly received her dazzle scheme in March 1918 at Liverpool, while postwar photos (March 1919) show her sporting an overall drab (probably gray) scheme. As the photo does not show her decks teeming with GI's we can assume that the photo shows her entering harbor after taking a load of troops to Europe (i.e. pre-armistice). During this time she made 8 trips to Europe. NHC attributes dazzle photos of the Leviathan in NYC in early July and Mid April.
Leviathan was painted out of camouflage by 16 December 1918, when she arrived at N.Y. with 8000 homeward-bound troops on board, and was almost certainly painted overall gray before leaving for France to pick up that batch of Soldiers, which (given her transit speed of about 23 knots) would have been about two weeks earlier (say, late November or very early December). As for what Leviathan was doing at the time the photo was taken, I can't say for sure. It is possible that the Leviathan was returning to New York (actually across the Hudson River at Hoboken, N.J., which was her base) after taking troops to France. However, she might also just be shifting position in N.Y. Harbor.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105389. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
Photo I.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn & David C. Nilsen. Additional text courtesy of Charles R. Haberlein Jr.
Almost Unknown 298k Two battleships lay before a dry-dock with a collier in the distance before the mountains, probably in the Pacific after 1919 docked near one of the locks of the Panama Canal (Pedro Miguel?).
The Ships both have 2 funnels between two cage masts and at least two flat roofed two-gunned super-firing turrets (One turret mounted high enough to fire over the top of its neighbor) facing aft which means that they are not pre-dreadnoughts. The flat roofed turrets makes them 12" guns. By comparing the relative distances between the two mast and the distance between the after-most mast the the most forward after turret and it becomes evident that there not enough room for an additional turret between the mast and the turret, therefore, there can be only 4 turrets total (2 forward and 2 aft).
This leaves us with only 2 ships (America's first dreadnoughts South Carolina (BB-26) & Michigan (BB-27).
Following overhaul at Philadelphia during May and June, Michigan resumed training exercises in the Atlantic until 6 August, when she was placed in limited commission at Philadelphia Navy Yard. She next put to sea 19 May 1919, sailing to Annapolis to embark midshipmen for a training cruise through the Panama Canal to Honolulu, Hawaii, arriving 3 July. The cruise continued to major west coast naval bases and Guantanamo Bay before the battleship returned home in September.
Following an overhaul at the Norfolk Navy Yard, South Carolina embarked midshipmen at Annapolis for a cruise to the Pacific. She departed Annapolis on 5 June 1920, transited the Panama Canal, sailed to Hawaii, and then to the west coast. She visited Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego as she sailed down the western seaboard. South Carolina cleared San Diego on 11 August, re-transited the canal, and sailed for Annapolis on 2 September; then she headed on to Philadelphia, where she remained for seven months.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Chris Hoehn. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-26 South Carolina108kApril 1921, Rail manned and just fired a salute from one of her 3" secondary guns.USN / USNHC # NH 97499.
BB-26 South Carolina68kThe South Carolina (BB-26) lies high and dry at the Portsmouth Navy Yard Dry Dock in this undated photo. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-27512kBroadside of Michigan (BB-27) dismantled for sale, PNY, 16 October 1923.
The battleship in the background is the South Carolina (BB-26).
US National Archives photo # 19LC-21-G-3634, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com.
BB-26 South Carolina81kScene at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, December 1923, with guns from scrapped battleships in the foreground. One of these guns is marked "Kansas " presumably an indication that it came from Kansas (BB-21). Ship being dismantled in the background is South Carolina (BB-26).USNHC # NH 69035.
BB-26 South Carolina85kSouth Carolina (BB-26) being used as a test hulk for anti-torpedo bulges on 26 May 1924. USN photo.
BB-26 South Carolina131k The Washington Treaty provided both for discarding large numbers of ships and for reconstructing the survivors. The South Carolina (BB-26) was used to test the torpedo protection blisters planned for reconstruction of the existing battleships. She is shown at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 26 May 1924, before and during the first explosion. The blister is the dark area amidships. Another experimental blister was built on her other side. Note the removal of her turrets and her fire control tops, as a measure of demilitarization in compliance with the new treaty. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

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