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USS Washington (BB-47)

USS Washington (BB-47), a Colorado-class battleship[?], was the third ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 38th state. Her keel was laid down on 30 June 1919 at Camden, New Jersey, by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation[?]. She was launched on 1 September 1921, sponsored by Miss Jean Summers, the daughter of Congressman J.W. Summers of Washington state. However, on 8 February 1922, two days after the signing of the Washington Naval Treaty for the Limitation of Naval Armaments, all construction work ceased on the 75.9 percent completed dreadnought. Ultimately, her incomplete hulk was towed out to sea, where she was sunk as a gunnery target on 26 November 1924.

General Characteristics

  • Displacement: 32,600
  • Length: 624 feet
  • Beam: 97.5 feet
  • Draft: 30.5 feet
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Complement: 1,354 officers and men
  • Armament: eight 16-inch guns, 20 five-inch guns, eight three-inch antiaircraft guns

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