Coast Battleship #2
( ex USS Massachusetts )


USS Massachusetts was laid down by William Cramp & Sons in June 1891 in Philadelphia as an Indiana class battleship She was launched two years later in June 1893. She was commissioned in 1896, and participated in the Spanish American war in 1898, followed by training in the North Atlantic squadron. She was used as a training ship for gun crews in First World War, before she was decommissioned in 1919. Her final fate was sealed when she was used as a target ship for artillery and scuttled outside Pensacola 6.January 1921. The remains of this once so mighty battleship has truly turned into an artificial reef, and rest today on a depth of 8 to 10 meter about 1,5 nautical miles southwest of Pensacola Pass.

Former names:
Coast Battleship #2
USS Massachusetts 350,1 x 69,3 x 27,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
10288 displ ( std )
Philadelphia ( US )
( US )

30°17'48" N   87°18'43" W
( Source: Wikimapia )

Picture: USS Massachusetts in France, 1910
Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command

Last updated: December 2018