Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Look At Some of Hampton Roads' Most Famous Ships-- Part 2: America's First Battleship

America's first battleship, the USS Texas (BB-1) had the most modern armament, armor and design.  It was built by the Norfolk Naval Shipyard starting in 1889, but was considered already obsolete by its commissioning in 1895, though it did play an important role in the Spanish-American War.

The USS Pennsylvania was built by Newport News and commissioned in 1915 as the lead ship of a new class of "Super Dreadnaught Battleships."  It was the first major warship to feature four triple-gun turrets mounting 12 massive 14-inch naval guns.


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