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In the Stream: 1904

In the Stream: 1904

October 11, 1904. Bath, Maine. "In the stream -- launch of the U.S.S. Georgia at Bath Iron Works." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.


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Unsafe Acts

Between the climbers on the scaffolding, the roof watchers, and the folks standing on the rickety piles of lumber, surely this event ended with at least one ankle sprain, bruised kneecap, or broken leg.

She led a short life

The battleship (BB-15) Georgia spent the majority of her career in the Atlantic Fleet. In 1907, she took part in the Jamestown Exposition and suffered an explosion in her aft 8-inch gun turret that killed or wounded 21 men. At the end of the year, she joined the Great White Fleet on its circumnavigation of the globe, which ended in early 1909. Peacetime training followed for the next five years, and in 1914 she cruised in Mexican waters to protect American interests during the Mexican Revolution. In early 1916, the ship was temporarily decommissioned.

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, the ship was tasked with training naval recruits for the expanding wartime fleet. Starting in September 1918, she was used as a convoy escort. Her only casualties during the war were due to disease, the result of poor conditions and severe overcrowding aboard the ship. Georgia was used to transport American soldiers back from France in 1918-19, and the following year she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet, where she served as the flagship of the 2nd Division, 1st Squadron. The Washington Naval Treaty, signed in 1922, cut short the ship's career, as it mandated severe draw-downs in naval strength. Georgia was accordingly sold for scrap in November 1923.

Getting Ahead of Ourselves?

Looks like the steam is already up on the U.S.S. Georgia, if that white cloud coming from the whistle on her forward funnel is any indication. Never heard of a ship being launched with a head of steam already going!

[If only you had been there to guide them! -Dave]

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