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A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

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.

The USS NEW YORK is a US Navy battleship, the first of her kind meant to replace the USS WYOMING class of dreadnought. She will be armed with 5 14-inch guns replacing the 6 twin 12 inch gun turrets of the Wyomings. She is the fifth ship to carry her name. A ceremony was held on September 11, 1912 as her keel was laid down.

On September 12, 1912 construction began in the Brooklyn Navy Yard of New York City.

Keel of the USS NEW YORK
September 12, 1912


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