USS Florida (1901)

Tallahassee (ex-Florida) tending the submarines USS K-4 and USS K-5, c.December, 1916. Photo in the collection of the US Library of Congress.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1899
Launched
1901
Commissioned
1903
Decommissioned
1922
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Florida was one of the last Monitors built for the US Navy. Laid down as the third ship in the Arkansas-class, Florida was commissioned on 18 June, 1903. She possessed a single turret, which mounted a pair of 12"/40 caliber guns, at the time, the best the US Navy had. Florida spent most of her career training cadets and midshipmen, and helped the USN test the safety of superfiring main battery turrets, paving the way for the South Carolina-class battleships. Florida was renamed Tallahassee on 1 July, 1908, so her name could be used for a new battleship. From 1910, she was used for ordinance testing, and as a submarine tender, and took on the sub tender role full-time during World War I. After decommissioning 3 December, 1919, Tallahassee was given the hull number BM-9 in July, 1920, and then IX-16 a year later, losing her name at the same time. She was used as a reserve training ship until fully decommissioned on 24 March, 1922, and sold for scrap 25 July that year.