US NAVY Starts New Dreadnought In New York
The term “battleship” was officially adopted by the Royal Navy in 1892. These were heavily armored ships, mounting a mixed battery of guns in turrets, and without sails. In 1906 the British Royal Navy launched the revolutionary HMS DREADNOUGHT which made existing battleships obsolete with 10 12-inch guns and unprecedented speed and protection. The ship’s name became a classification for this style of ship. A naval arms race commenced around the world to match these new developments.
On September 12, 1912 construction began in the Brooklyn Navy Yard of New York City.