Battleships of the 20th century

American Battleships

USS Georgia BB-15


USS Georgia


USS Georgia

Hull #



Laid down:  August 31, 1901

Launched: October 11, 1904

Built at Bath, Maine


September 24, 1906

Sister Ships

Virginia Class

BB-13 USS Virginia

BB-14 USS Nebraska

BB-15 USS Georgia

BB-16 USS New Jersey

BB-17 USS Rhode Island

History Highlight

After a short shakedown cruise, she joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet as flagship of 2nd Division, Squadron 1. Georgia sailed to  Hampton Roads  March, 26 1907 for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where she participated in gunnery practice with the fleet. After returning briefly to Boston Navy Yard for repairs, Georgia joined with other ships of the Atlantic Fleet in ceremonies opening the Jamestown Exposition. President Theodore Roosevelt and dignitaries present reviewed the fleet June 10, 1907.

Georgia next sailed with the fleet for target practice in Cape Cod Bay, arriving June15th. During these drills, July 15, a powder charge ignited prematurely in her aft 8 inch turret, killing 10 officers and men and injuring 11.

Arriving in Hampton Roads December 7, 1907, USS Georgia gathered with 15 other battleships, a torpedo boat squadron, and transports for a naval review preceding the cruise of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet to the West Coast. On December 16, President Teddy Roosevelt reviewed the assembled "Great White Fleet" and sent it on the first leg of an around-the-world. Visiting many South American countries and their cruise, the fleet met with ships of the Pacific Fleet in a review in San Francisco for the Secretary of the Navy May 8, 1908. Then Georgia, departed San Francisco July 7, 1908 for the second leg of the cruise, showing the flag and displaying American sea power to the world, including the Philippines, Australia, Japan, and Mediterranean ports. The fleet returned to Hampton Roads February 22, 1909.

On June 5, 1913 participated in a 2-month practice cruise for United States Naval Academy midshipmen. After a long overhaul period in Boston Navy Yard, Georgia arrived off the coast of Mexico 14 January14,  1914 with other fleet units to protect American interests in the troubled Veracruz-Tampico area. The battleship returned briefly to Norfolk, Virginia, in March, but was soon back cruising Mexican waters, and from August to October 1914 cruised off Haiti for the protection of American civilians.

She arrived at Boston Navy Yard for overhaul  December 20. 1915 and decommissioned January 27,  1916.


July, 15 1920

Final Disposition

The USS Georgia sailed from Boston for San Diego, via the Panama Canal, July 16, 1919, and after participating in ceremonial operations for two months, entered Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs September 1919. Here Georgia staged until decommissioning July 15, 1920. She was sold for scrap in  November 1923 in accordance with the Washington Naval Treaty. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register November 10, 1923.

Related Info

General characteristics


14,948 tons full load


441.3 ft overall


76.3 ft


23.8 ft


19 knots (22 mph/35 km/h)


40 officers and 772 enlisted


4 12-inch (305 mm) guns

8 8-inch (203 mm) guns

12 6-inch (152 mm) guns

24 1 pounders

4 x .30-cal machine guns

4 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

Source: Wikipedia

Related Links

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