Today in Military History: Jan. 4, 1910, commissioning of USS Michigan (BB-27)

Photographed circa 1916-1917 by O.W. Waterman at Hampton, Virginia. The ship is wearing a horizontal "two-tone" paint scheme, possibly an experimental camouflage. U.S. Navy photo.

On January 4, 1910 the USS Michigan (BB-27) was commissioned. The 16,000-ton South Carolina class battleship was built at Camden, New Jersey and spent most of it’s time in the Atlantic. During World War I she was used for convoy, training and battle practice operations in the western Atlantic area. After the conflict, the USS Michigan took on the mission of bringing thousands of veterans home. The ship finally made it to the Pacific in 1919, was decommissioned in February of 1922 and scrapped in November of 1923.

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USS Michigan (BB-27) Underway, circa 1910. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

 

 

USS Michigan (BB 27) Fully dressed with flags and with her crew manning the rails, during the naval review off New York City, 3 October 1911. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

 

USS Michigan (BB-27) In New York Harbor, during the Naval Review, October 1912. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

 

USS Michigan (BB-27) Photographed circa 1914. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

 

 

USS Michigan (BB-27) Entering Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii, with the U.S. Fleet Second Observation Group, 7 March 1920. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

 

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