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Using the Google Earth I rounded up satellite images of the extant US Navy battleships, and a few other naval vessels that happened to be hanging about in the vicinity. Not the highest resolution imagery imaginable, but it is what we have. The imagery was originally captured in 2005, hence the name of the page. In 2007 I updated everything except the Pearl Harbor shots (Utah, Arizona, Missouri) where the tide was higher than in the originals, covering a good deal of the wreckage. Take a look at the ships that literally ruled the waves until November 11, 1940. Puzzled about the date? Look here.
Clicking on an image will usually get a larger version.
I have rotated some of the pictures because of the peculiar angle of the satellite- or simply to get a larger picture. North is always visible on the Google Earth compass. An excellent site for more pictures of all of these vessels is the Naval History and Warships group on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/navalhistory/.
In more or less chronological order:
USS Utah 21° 22′ 08.36″N 157° 57′ 44.48″W
USS Utah BB31, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By the time of the attack on December 7, Utah was long past her battleship days, having been coverted to a radio controlled target ship in 1931. In 1941 she was a gunnery training ship, moored on the west side of Ford Island. Still, from the air, she must have looked like a BB, took some aerial torpedos, and sank. The full Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS)is here. Here she is in glory days, firing a broadside in 1920. Click on the small image for a larger one.
USS Texas, BB35, 29°: 45′ 22.05″N 95° 05′ 22.01″W
USS Texas, BB35. La Porte City, Texas. The DANFS entry is here. And a full size picture of Texas in her original configuration is visible by clicking on the image
The official website is here and a very good unofficial site is here. Some pictures I took in January, 2005 live here. Doing that page was what got me thinking about satellite imagery of the extant battleships.
USS Arizona, BB39 21° 21′ 53.48″N 157°: 56′ 59.95″W
USS Arizona BB39. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Probably the most famous battleship in US history. Her DANFS entry is here. Arizona died a hard death in Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Her official web site is here and there is an excellent unofficial site here.
USS North Carolina BB55 34° 14′ 11.60″N 77° 57′ 16.15″W
USS North Carolina BB55, “Showboat,” Wilmington, North Carolina. The DANFS entry is here. Here she is on her shakedown cruise in 1941. Click on the thumbnail for a full size image. Her official website is here Pictures I took during a visit in 2003 are located here. Note the presence of the alligator off the starboard side.
USS Massachusetts BB59 41° 42′ 25.02″N 71° 09′ 46.33″W
USS Massachusetts BB59 – “Big Mamie,” Fall River, Massachusetts. She fired the first, and last, 16″ by a USN vessel in WWII. And the image is upside down because the weird angle of the satellite was vertigo inducing. Entering Boston Harbor after launching at Quincy. The DANFS entry lives here, and this is her home page. It’s worth backing up the URL as there are several other vessels of interest on display at Battleship Cove.
USS Alabama BB60 30° 40′ 55.93″N 88° 57.13″W
Like Battleship Cove, the BB60 site has a lot more stuff on display, including a B-52, and a submarine. The imagery dates from 2005, prior to Katrina. For post-Katrina wreckage see www.ussalabama.com/html/photos/index.php (Thanks, Mike Jack!)
Speaking of Katrina and Alabama, this shot appeared on CNN (I think) during the ramp-up to the storm. They didn’t mention the great gray presence in the background, but it is such a dramatic shot I couldn’t resist including it here
USS Iowa BB61 38° 04′ 05.86″N 122° 05′ 54.41″W
USS Iowa BB61. Suisun Bay, California. Name ship of the Iowa class fast battleships- the source of endless speculation of the “what if…” variety. She is moored in the reserve fleet, Suisun Bay, California, just outboard of USS Proteus (thanks, Scott!) northeast of San Francisco. As of late 2007, her eventual destination was a subject of some debate, the most recent candidate being Mare Island. The DANFS entry is here. Until she becomes a museum ship there is no home page as such although the Iowa Veteran’s Association has a page here.
Letting everything loose, 1984.
USS New Jersey BB62 39° 56′ 22.53″N 75° 07 56.33″W
USS New Jersey BB62, Camden, New Jersey, second of the Iowa class. Here she battles a storm in the western Pacific, 1944. Halsey’s typhoon? Notice the aircraft carrier in the background. The DANFS entry is here, and her home page is here. I almost got there a few years ago, but it was January, and the ferry was not running. I’ll explain in a minute.
USS Missouri BB63 21° 21′ 43.68″N 157°: 57′ 11.97″W
BB63, “Mighty Mo” Pearl Harbor. Scene of the Japanese surrender in WWII- courtesy of Chester Nimitz and Harry Truman. By now we know what an Iowa class looks like, so here is Fleet Admiral Nimitz, on board Missouri at the surrender ceremony instead. The DANFS entry is here, and her home page is here.
USS Wisconsin BB64 36° 50′ 52.45″N 76°17′ 43.69″W
Probably no other shot I know of demonstrates the change in battleships between 1916 and 1944 than this of Wisconsin moored next to the hulk of Oklahoma, Pearl Harbor, 1944.
A beautiful shot of Wisconsin found on Flickr (Thanks, Steve)
Arizona and Missouri together at Pearl Harbor.
The bottom picture was captured from the Missouri web page.
USS Olympia 39° 56′ 36.61N 75° 08′ 26.59″W
USS Olympia, Philadelphia, PA. Dewey’s flagship at Manila Bay, 1898, shown here in 1899 flying Dewey’s four star flag. Her DANFS entry. Her official website is…somewhat lacking, so here is the Spanish American War Centennial site instead. Inboard of Olympia is USS Becuna SS-319- Her DANFS entry. Shots I took of Olympia some years ago live here And across the river is New Jersey, and New Jersey: