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Equator crossing ceremonies aboard the U.S.S. North Dakota
Equator crossing ceremonies aboard the U.S.S. North Dakota
TitleEquator crossing ceremonies aboard the U.S.S. North Dakota
Date of Original1921-01?
DescriptionA large group of sailors are gathered aboard the U.S.S. North Dakota during the Crossing the Line ceremony, an initiation rite commemorating a sailor's first crossing of the equator. Several sailors are in costume with King Neptune visible in the left center.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectMilitary
Water
Awards and ceremonies
Subject (LCTGM)Battleships
Postcards
Initiation rites
Shellbacks
Organization NameNorth Dakota (Ship)
United States. Navy. Atlantic Fleet
LocationEquator
Decade1920-1929
Item Number2002-P-15-1-045
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Dimensions of Original9 x 14 cm.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryThe U.S.S. North Dakota (Battleship No. 29) was built by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1907. She was christened by Mary L. Benton of Fargo, N.D., on Nov. 10, 1908, was commissioned April 11, 1910, and first sailed in that year with the Atlantic Fleet. A dreadnought, the North Dakota had displacement of 20,000 tons, was 518 feet, 9 inches in overall length, with a beam (width) of 85 feet, 3 inches and a mean draught of 26 feet, 11 inches. The North Dakota's armaments consisted of ten twelve-inch guns mounted in five turrets on the longitudinal centerline of the ship, allowing them to fire broadsides in either direction. The ship also had fourteen five-inch guns, four three-pounders, four one-pounder semi-automatics, two three-inch field guns, two .30 cal. machine guns, and two twenty-one-inch torpedo tubes. The North Dakota was decommissioned in 1923 and sold for scrap on March 16, 1931.
Bibliographic ReferenceThe battleship U.S.S. North Dakota. Bismarck, ND: State Historical Society of North Dakota, July 1998.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionU.S.S. North Dakota Album 2002-P-15
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (2002-P-15-1-045)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh2002P151045
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