USS South Carolina (BB-26)

South Carolina underway in the early 1910s. U.S. Naval Historical Center photograph

Laid Down
1906
Launched
1908
Commissioned
1910
Decommissioned
1921
AD/BC
AD
History

The first American dreadnought, USS South Carolina (BB-26) was laid down in December, 1906, and commissioned in March, 1910. She never saw combat, and spent most of her career off the US East Coast. She made trips to Europe in 1910, 1911, and 1921, and was assigned to patrol off Mexico from 1913-14, as part of the US involvement in the Mexican Revolution. South Carolina was used for training after the American entry into World War I, before shifting to convoy duty in 1918. She was disabled when her starboard propeller fell off, and missed the rest of the War, but was assigned to transport troops home after the Armistice. South Carolina fell victim to the Washington Naval Treaty, and was scrapped in 1924.