USS North Dakota (BB-29)

USS North Dakota (BB-29)

USS "North Dakota" (BB-29), a "Delaware"-class battleship, was the first ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of North Dakota. Her keel was laid down 16 December 1907 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 10 November 1908 sponsored by Miss Mary Benton, and commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts, on 11 April 1910 with Commander Charles P. Plunkett in command.

On 8 September 1910 the ship suffered an oil-tank explosion and fire whilst at sea. Six men - Chief Watertenders August Holtz and Patrick Reid, Chief Machinist's Mates Thomas Stanton and Karl Westa, Machinist's Mate First Class Charles C. Roberts and Watertender Harry Lipscomb - each received the Medal of Honor "for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession" during the fire.

In her first years "North Dakota" operated with the Atlantic Fleet in maneuvers along the East Coast and in the Caribbean Sea. She sailed 2 November 1910 for her first Atlantic crossing, visiting England and France prior to winter-spring maneuvers in the Caribbean. In the summers of 1912 and 1913 she carried United States Naval Academy midshipmen for training in New England waters, and on 1 January 1913 she joined the honor escort for "HMS Natal" as the British ship entered New York City harbor with the body of the late Whitelaw Reid, United States Ambassador to Great Britain.

As Mexican political disturbances strained relations with the United States, "North Dakota" sailed for Veracruz, where she arrived 26 April 1914, five days after American sailors had occupied the city. She cruised the coast of Mexico to protect Americans and their interests until a more stable government took office, and returned to Norfolk, Virginia, on 16 October. An even more intensive program of training was taken up by the Atlantic Fleet as war threatened, and "North Dakota" was in Chesapeake Bay for gunnery drills when the United States entered World War I.

Throughout the war, "North Dakota" operated in the York River, Virginia, and out of New York training gunners and engineers for the expanding fleet. Then, on 13 November 1919, she stood out of Norfolk to carry home the remains of the late Italian Ambassador to the United States. While in the Mediterranean Sea she called at Athens, Constantinople, Valencia, and Gibraltar before returning to the Caribbean for the annual spring maneuvers. In the summer of 1921, she took part in the Army-Navy bombing tests off the Virginia Capes in which the German light cruiser "Frankfurt" and battleship "Ostfriesland" were sunk to demonstrate the potentialities of air power. She interrupted fleet operations during the next two summers to again cruise with midshipmen,contributing to the future strength of the Navy by educating its officers-to-be. The cruise of 1923 took her to Scandinavia, Scotland, and Spain.

"North Dakota" decommissioned at Norfolk on 22 November 1923 with a number of other battleships, under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 7 January 1931, and she was sold for scrapping 16 March 1931. Her steam turbine engines were fitted in USS "Nevada" (BB-36).

A model of the "North Dakota" is on display at the North Dakota Heritage Center on the grounds of the state capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.

External links

* [ USS North Dakota (Battleship # 29, later BB-29), 1910-1931]

* [ Maritimequest USS North Dakota BB-29 Photo Gallery]

* [ NavSource Online: Battleship Photo Archive BB-29 USS NORTH DAKOTA 1908 - 1916]




Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужен реферат?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • USS North Dakota — USS North Dakota  название двух кораблей ВМС США; дано в честь штата Северная Дакота. USS North Dakota (BB 29)  линейный корабль типа «Делавэр». Спущен на воду в 1908 году, разобран в 1931 году. USS North Dakota (SSN 784) … …   Википедия

  • USS North Dakota — ha sido el nombre recibido por dos buques de la US Navy estadounidense nombrado en honor al trigésimo noveno estado. acorazado de clase Primera Guerra Mundial. submarino nuclear de clase Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos… …   Wikipedia Español

  • USS North Dakota — Zwei Schiffe der United States Navy erhielten bisher den Namen USS North Dakota nach dem US Bundesstaat North Dakota USS North Dakota (BB 29), ein Schlachtschiff der Delaware Klasse USS North Dakota (SSN 784), ein U Boot der Virginia Klasse… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • USS North Dakota — Two ships of the United States Navy have been named USS North Dakota in honor of the 39th state.*USS|North Dakota|BB 29, was a Delaware class battleship that served as a training vessel during World War I. *USS|North Dakota|SSN 784, is a Virginia …   Wikipedia

  • USS North Dakota (SSN-784) — История корабля Государство флага …   Википедия

  • USS North Dakota (SSN-784) — North Dakota (SSN 784) will be a Virginia class submarine. She will be the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the state of North Dakota. The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News,… …   Wikipedia

  • North Dakota State Capitol — The North Dakota State Capitol is the house of government of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The Capitol, a 19 story tower, is located in Bismarck at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, on a 160 acre (0.6 km2) campus that is the site of many other… …   Wikipedia

  • North Dakota (disambiguation) — North Dakota is a state in the United States. North Dakota may also refer to: USS North Dakota (BB 29), former battleship USS North Dakota (SSN 784), submarine under construction North Dakota State University North Dakota , song on Thrush Hermit… …   Wikipedia

  • USS North Carolina (SSN-777) — North Carolina während der Indienststellungs Zeremonie Geschichte Bestellung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • USS South Dakota (BB-57) — was a battleship in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1947. The lead ship of her class, South Dakota was the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the 40th state.Birth of the ShipHer keel was laid down on 5 July 1939 at Camden …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”