Class of battleships was part of the massive 1916 naval building
program. Essentially the class used the design of the preceding
class but substituted twin 16-inch guns for triple 14-inch guns. Four ships
were ordered in the class.
BB-47 New York Ship Building and
were built at
. As the newest class of American battleships under construction, much haggling
in the Washington Arms Reduction conference of December 1921 to February 1922
concerned these vessels. Only
had been completed but the other three had been launched before the start of
the conference. As a result of negotiations the USN agreed that
would not be completed.
was expended as a target on November 25, 1924. The other three were not
scrapped until 1959.
(300N) shows the ship as completed. Although the date shown is 1920, actual
completion dates for the ships were July 1921 for
, August 1923 for
and December 1923 for
. The Navis USS
Colorado, 300 N, is available from Galerie Maritim.