USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS California (BB-44) sharing a dry dock, workers were prepping the two for mothballs.
To the left side, are USS Detroit (CL-8) (inboard) and USS Trenton (CL-11) (outboard). Next to the two cruisers might "possibly" be barbettes from the Illinois (BB-65). Below them are HMS Rupert (DE-96) outboard of USS Olympia, and HMS Berry (DE-3).
Behind them is USS South Dakota (BB-57), she was already deactivated.
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“Inboard Profile of the Battleship USS South Dakota,” 4/25/1919
File Unit: Plans for the Battleship USS South Dakota (BB-49), 1919 - 1940. Series: Alphabetical Series of Ship Engineering Drawings, 1919 - 1940. Record Group 19: Records of the Bureau of Ships, 1940 - 1966.
Submitted anonymously to our Citizen Archivist Takeover.
Viewed from destroyer USS Mayrant (DD-402) and flying two large battle ensigns, the brand-new South Dakota-class battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) maneuvers agressively during the battle of Casablanca, November 8, 1942. Boasting nine 16in. guns and a top speed of 27 nots, “Big Mamie” was Task Force 34’s insurance against a surprise appearance from the French battleship Richelieu. (Navsource)
Photo and caption featured in Osprey Operation Torch 1942 The invasion of French North Africa by Brian Lane Herder