launched 7 October 1904.
Original photo by Otto T. Frasch (1882-1958) of Lilliwaup, WA.
From the archives of the S. P. H. S.©
The ship's keel was laid 4 July 1902.
Considered the flagship of the US Navy,
she was commissioned on 1 July 1907,
one year before she sailed the world
as part of Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.