USS Kentucky (BB-6)

Kentucky in peacetime colors, c.1905-08. Photo in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

Laid Down
1896
Launched
1898
Commissioned
1900
Decommissioned
1920
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History

The second of two Kearsarge-class pre-dreadnoughts, USS Kentucky (BB-6) was laid down 30 June, 1896. Commissioned 15 May, 1900, Kentucky was deployed to join the Asiatic Fleet during the Boxer Rebellion, and remained there until 1904. She transferred to the Atlantic, and participated in the Great White Fleet's circumnavigation of the globe in 1907-09. She was modernized from 1909-11, but spent the next few years in reserve. Recommissioned 23 June, 1915, Kentucky participated in the occupation of Veracruz, and visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras, 1916. She was mainly used for training exercises from July, 1916, until August, 1919, and decommissioned 29 May, 1920. Badly outdated, she was sold for scrap in March, 1923.

Bonus Photos

Closeup of the stacked forward turrets of Kentucky, c.1900-01. While it saved weight, the upper 8" mounts could not rotate independently, and their muzzle blast interfered with the crews of the lower 13" guns. Photo in the collection of the US Library of Congress.