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In 1916, the Navy ordered six battle cruisers of the Lexington class, huge ships, 874 feet long with four twin 16-inch gun turrets. They were radically redesigned following the Battle of Jutland, and again in 1918. These, too, were canceled under the Washington Treaty, but two of them, Lexington and Saratoga, were completed as the first aircraft carriers. Battleships Maine Name Maine Builder Brooklyn NYd Laid Down Launched Comm. 3: The battleship Maine in 1896 in New York harbor. Notice the forward turret on the starboard bow; the other turret was aft on the port side.

C&TF 4/4714. Decomm 20 Oct 1920. † 20 Vermont: Great White Fleet. Repaired at Boston NYd, 9 Mar-23 Jun 1909. Mexican Intervention 1914. Out of comm 19 Apr 1915- 21 Nov 1916. C&TF 4/4795. Decomm 30 Jun 1920. † 21 Kansas: Great White Fleet. Overhaul Dec 1912-May 1913. Mexican Intervention 1914. C&TF 5/7486. Decomm 16 Dec 1921. † 22 Minnesota: Great White Fleet. Mexican Intervention 1914. , 29 Sep 1918. (none dead) . C&TF 3/3955. Decomm 1 Dec 1921. 25 New Hampshire: In collision with m/v Commonwealth while at anchor at Newport, RI, 7 Jul 1912.

Missouri and Ohio received cage foremast 1910; cage mainmast fitted later. Maine refitted with two cagemasts 1911. Service records: 10 Maine: Great White Fleet. Out of comm 31 Aug 1909 -15 Jun 1911. Decomm 15 May 1920. Sold 23 Jan 1922 , BU Philadelphia. 11 Missouri: In collision with Illinois, 3 Mar 1903. Damaged by fire and explosion in aft turret at Pensacola, 13 Apr 1904 (31 killed). Great White Fleet. Out of comm 1 May 1910 -1 Jun 1911 and 9 Sep 1912–16 Mar 1914, 2 Dec 1914–15 Apr 1915, 18 Oct 1915–2 May 1916, fall 1916–23 Apr 1917.

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