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PRICE 5 GENTS.
Kearsaroe and Kentucky SiiGG^ftiilu Launctiea
Distinguished Visitors from Washington, Louisville, Lexington
Frankfort Ricdmond and Other Places.
The first-class battleships K.-arsaig-,
and Kentucky were successfu lly htuneii
cd this morning ui the ya-td of the
Newport News Shipbuilding and Iky
lH.ck Company, in the p'reseu-.e of u
Uli-icng of . in I h usiasi t-' 1 ? t:t t? is.
Tlo- Kdiisargc. nam-VI after Hi-- fa?
mous sloop thai t.uitne. win.'a distiii
guis'lied h-r.-elf in th- civil war by
sinking 'the Alalba.iiut ..If CherlM'uirg.
France, was launched Iiis:, in accord?
ance w ith tie- pKrnn for inn 1 11 - .1 sonic
?weeks ago by the officials of tlo- n.ni
puiny. 'Mis. Mer-'bei.-t Wimsnw. wife of
Lkuietiuiiit t'.uiaiuutl-r Win..;..?, I". S.
X.. christened Hie K.-.crsu ia;- . wil-ib b
glided down th-" ways au.l out ii|-.n the
rive'r us natuialily and buoyantly us a
young Uu.-k take? n. water.
When the Ke>M*arge hunt been safely
moored' alongside of o,ne of the lower
Mhipyu'pd pi . rs t'h-e '.1 iliigiiu-iie-d gin-sis
o'f the coninunvy air.I ir.be thousands of
?pieieilUtoiiis limit'! t !i.-it- -actetw-ion
'?b.- Kentucky, ..n the other side of 'tie
CO-uld 'be made tile lv.-ntii- ky sl.ii led "ii
ihe.r ways, ami Mise t Muri-sni-n-i
UradU-v. daughter of ?uv. rnor Will aai
O. Br.idt.v-y. i f Kentucky. bi..k.- a Untte
of pure sprang vuitei against tie- sli p's
pirow. christening tile Vessel in the cu-s
This launch. t..->. was a grand success
\ -l' 'el- ll id , I'll,
Id's battlesiliiip buii-ders.
UI'lMSTrvNl-Nt; I WIRT Y
I. Ii. w mien and
the Kentucky reale the waves .n a
inaimner wivlcii re II ec ted cred'i't on her
'PRE <"R< iWl >? AiRRIV 1-1.
Never before in its brief -los;.* y as a
coconut oil liu.s XcW|>ort News wel?
comed s-ueh a throng i t visitors aw to?
day. Th.- people commenced -to arrive
la.ei night 'by the hundreds, and tie- ho?
tels and boarding houses w ere ci'j-wded.
Today tile laitrowd. electric road and
steamers) l>r<tight the ..nil; of the crowd
tit an early hour.
The Norfolk und Washington steam?
ers, arrived he-re an...in S::su o'clock,
bringaig a nunitei- of navy department
otTi-.ia.ls. officers ami Senators au.l Rep?
resentatives, ttCcom.pa-nie.1 by their
Wives. The Chesuipeake & Ohio i:oil i ond
Win Slieeiul eXL-u.|\si-.11- to tile, city from
-Clncinnatii. IRiohmoiul and' Washington,
and theise brcught several uhousond vis?
The Newport 'News, Hamilton .t Old
Point I?>eetrio Railway ..'..nip-any put on
hour tlu-y have been ait-riving ev-..ry few
minutes; loaded down wit'' ,-ass.engv'is.
Many i.f these visitors ctune fioni
Ilam'iitori, and others c.uno from O-id
t leipa t :ng men. women a nd ..-ni'ldren
commenced to wend their way t the.
shipyard In the liope of . e curia? d.a< ru?
ble points of vantage. Throughout the
entire morning. Wastlvtivgion a v.-a tie has
b.-.-n -l-liera'.ly er ovd. d with a .moving
mass o-f 'hiirinatitity. all having the same
(l.-ciiucii-n in view.
While tie- oltlee was open to some vis?
itors, che bulk of the immense crowd
gained eiivivnive to the -.-i'n'ipy.1 rd ilir.-ugli
t'Jie southern gate. Once ins. 1.-, the
anxious sipeetauars moved to the ways
on wh'.-i-h t'he 'b-att'l.i-'h-i'ps -easily rested,
awa'l-ti.ng 't'he hour of their baptism in
til.- w'aters of the historic James! river.
Those -way* are situated in ?Sie north
end of Ph.- yard, pi-a--:l-.-a":ly th.- same
place where I..i Grande Dtioliesso.
the Creole and other lian-l- me pro?
ducts of til,- N.-wp .i-t News Shi-pbtrl'ld
ing and ley tKft-k Conn .'any w -r,- built
and ia'U'ne'he'd. Not fa r .!'.-?.:a n: rrain the
wa.yts on w'hie-b tSiese two bin' ships
proudly courted c'hrls.tcnvng at the a
hands of thei'r fair spons.os lbs the
battles.'hi'p Illinois, now -ii.-.ariy ready for .->
launebviig. ami .1.-. lined to be the (pieon a
of the Ameri-ca.il navy.
While 'a.w'a'i-tiiig the arrival of 'tic
ohrie-te-ni-ng panny and listening to th.- b
nvusic of t'he liunvmer. as the irus-.eal .
employees of the yard busied themselves, s
otlieiil-ls of the N.-W-Ilort N.
building and Hrv 1> . k Coin.
; n iir .rs.
,- in d?p
Th,- ICeaiTsame havin
to Lav.- th.- wtivs llrst. the oh-rltU
painty pr-.i-.-ee'-l.>1 tv. the b.r.,i:.h 'a
h.-.id of No. IS. as -Ulis sirip has
kn. -wii ,-u Hi,- yard. The rallies
geiithsmeii as<-.-n.le.| file steps !.
to nli,. phi.:f..i-m and a waL:ed th
K eiilt u-.-ky
Till-: Crtl-TICAT. MOA112NT.
This its the critical moment, in a
latiinch-ing. O-nl-y thos.e -win. 'irave actu
atlily wi-fU--SS-,:d s^m-ilar events van eon
CeiVe i'lle 'I'lni.oi-t >.f"WlU'TaTSk a-lld tile
intensity of the su.-'p.use. if th.- vessel
has not suffk'tienl statbillty in her light
e.jndit i..n. she may lose her -ba-la-a, ?? .-n
the slCding ways, careen, bury her
hat.-lies and sink. Th- t-om-lai'uctor in
?i'lie d'.inger and
r.p t.. th
?1-n - h
Wl-".il m : l-'.S DRIVICLN Il.OlI-"..
At the word of command from Super?
intendent of Ollis?ru'eti.in M. V. Dough?
ty, the wedget-i 'Were driven hocne w-it'h
sharp res'-n-a-iit sounds, 'till tile la.--!
.-.1 Hie b.
MRS. HERiTJKRT WINSi.nW.
ma.kine preparations for the jfreaitest lait whieh the guests of iihecccasslivjin were
launching event in the hiistory of the patiently a waiting the supreme mu
?woirld, the thousa-nds of <eu?er ?pacta
tore cast admiring glances up at the big
hulls f-teslily panted and gaily decora?
ted with bunting and 'the Hag's of the
nation. Sister ships though they were,
there were many in th.- forge concourse
of .people wiho ventured to make com?
parisons as to the lines and symmetry
of the Kearsairge and Kentucky. The
limner's -came in for a large share of ad?
miration, and there were animated dis?
cussions ai;- to tile fighting powers of
each of the three ships which, naval
"PASSED Til 15 BOTTLE."
The distinguished pen-?nage? on the
platform were suiily chatting the min?
utes away, while Mrs. Wins'...w was
striving to suppress- the j>u4se of
expectation. Grouped around. her,
th.- si'atcsmen were "passing the iXK
t'b-." literally speaking?the traditional
bottle of champagne, eneasevl in a
dainty net of gold and tri-colored silk
w ith red, white and blue ribbons llow
i-ng from it* neck, at tttic end of u Inns |
silk sord. whitch extended d...wn from
['he 1..'ftv deck or thW battleship.
Suddenly 'fi-.nn the depths foelww came !
;-h-- sound vif the inveasu-ri d miove.,uon?t of
hushed as if by "magi-- command anvil
tvery eair was stra.i.iied iu eatoh the I
progress -if 'tilie b*g steel bia.I- as it j
freed t'he ts<k]e pieces. ATI of t'he pre- !
carious hud been sue,-, -.sisl'uiiv ecu- i
pleted to t'he suittercK-.uVrn of t'he wn
raelor in charge, and tie- signal ho-t
leen given to sever 'the large heavy
t?te 'planks Which 'were the oiply -biiKl
i-tig left between Lhe sliding Bind uhe
While it only consumed a short
time to accomplish this work, every
rev.ltd seemed in reality a minute. j
MillS. <WrXlSt>0'W READY. . 1
As t'he the bottle of champagne was I
surrendered to the daintily gloved right I
|har.'I of -Mrs. Wtashnv. the silence was j
widen* that 'the 't'a'M of a p'i.i i
the platform eoii'ld have been -heard bv !
those in Ks vh inSty.
Mrs. Wvasi-ow pres?dl aisrains* rii" ra.il '.
iciikl gracefully po'i-s'ed t'he Ixntith- 'in .phc i
air. impatiently -a w a hi ng rhc era king !
noise whi'cii -woai'M ?an-iisi-u-n-'--' t'he Sever?
in? "f the rej-'traini'iig pl-aukts.
" Buz. buz. buz. -buz; buz. buz."
As resfttkwiy us eloek work. the <t\, ?lh- ;
?'?? 'i'lis'tll-nietiit cut its way.
Suddenly iht-re whim u snap.'the eivo-k- !
i'liir timber and the bi's hul'l ? iiiivcied
for 'a'ii fnsrttwit on its bed.
'PI I U K'B'AiliS.-VRV 1 E Ol-J-I-tictrriaXlK-l?.
Mrs. W'i'iiS'iVDW gathered strength,
as tli.. ship .-H.iwVy siu'rivd '.'b'.'wii 'the
greased ways she quk-k'ly l.iMk.- lie- b-.t
?h.. :.mpr.-s--:.oii-iess st,-?', p:-,w. t h- spon?
sor drew a breUU'li irr.i: ili.-at'i, a. parl
?d her bps. and. with feminine sweet
"I christen thee? Kenirsarge:"
Tiie crackle vt broken glass and the
>dor of Kpiib d clmmpuitrne eu.me uiiavost
.?ikmiKaneoiis'iy to t'he e'aiger guests en
llic ?pl'.titfo'Ptn. The bottle was broken
--I ua r. i v on 't'he great defender's p- :i
lerous prow, and las t'he fciim amd
-?P'.iTk'l" .if -the ehoiiceis* village
j France r.i-ed down i'us soles, the Kernr
radium va red. w'hMv an I blue.
Mi- -the svsiib'o* of the -st I'M v Ha-.-.
DOWN THE OBiEUVSKI.? W-A VS. \
S'i'owly ait tlr*t the ship glided di?vn
th- greased ways, and rapidly gather
ng momentir-m in its descent struck |
he water wich vi rush of ait least twelve i
above the water line, roe* aft. dipped |
nacefullv 'her bowing stem, fend was
in" up-ei the water between 'the lla-nk
| i'ng wws ..f steamboats, tugs'iand pha. - |
in.- e.iaft. noisy with their shrieking |
j whist les and eh.-ring ?|m*<. ;u-gers.
Mi.- distinguished party <?i the plat- I
fonu proudly watched t'he course k.'l ibcl
b. ;.. uti'!'ul >.?!>'
gMded wit'h the .buoyancy
duel; out u.pon the waters on which
tiiree crack gumbouis ot Umile
's i.uvy preceded 'her many imcuU'h*
ltKSCI.'ED BY TUGS,
e Ivetiirs'a'rge was taken in low by
iie pier 'at -tbc bvunthei-ii "ex :remit v
ie s'li-ipyiiT-l. As s'he s'lo
,-ful li'ives. ajid 'i-hou.--'.! n .1.-;
eo.ni'men.'ted on rhc perfect
?n Wh-i.-'b she ro-de 'ehe wia.vcs.
nriftcenn ship." were fhc words
i.'tik'L'is' of adnvira'tinn f^Hewe'd 'ti'
d Kti.irstu'gc until reaidy hands tied I
As svxvn as the i-in.m
iiu'W.I fiM'm 'ms hcuppy Ira-nee. a gen- j
rail rus'ii u-as -ina-le .wards 'tlhe 'ways
in which No. 19, the Kentucky, was n.p
ti.u'eu't'ly 'pa.t'ien'lly uwuiting the 1n>ur
lii.'ii .sile' s'lieiu'ld follow her slst'cr KErip
NOW FOB TUR KENTUCKY.
"One succesi- 'leads to anoiher." is an
I old piM-verbtoil ^uyi.ng. 'and in is waife
ai.-atio'ii, iief'tcr wi'Oii'css'i'n.g t'he l.-aa
tiful launch, of No. IS. there was not one
in that i'mimense nihroinw w'ho doubted
I the ?.uecess of 'the secomd event.
he holies aaid genulemon o'f tfne cih'ris
I teniivg partetes were next e-svorn-'d frcm
the lKvclh ot the head of the vacant
ways to than of t'he prow of tihe Ken
lucky. The an'ti-.tiiH-r-mciu several
weeks ago that M'it.-a Bradley, d'atigbter
of rhe Governor of live 0*1 1'. on li n
Stalte, 'hti'.l !-.\'i?'i".-Ki .1 her ?aU.stn of
("li-risicni'irg t'he Kenituicky wii;h pure
spring water served to create adi'lition
al iiLti-resi in the verlevnony #Si-.?'ly to
Mke place on the i?H.'..)i 'of No. 1?.
THE GOVHiBINO'lfS DAtTGHTER.
As Mis? 'Hradle-y. at-co'inpanied by a
! distinguishe*l coterie of Kentuckia-nsand
it'her gttests, ipaesed d'jwti *ihe suep- to
the ground, across to the other ship
jan'd up the st.-ps of the booth, she
was the cynosure of all eyes. Here was
pretty Kentucky -girl Who dared I..
Isaerifice ?? eusnoTn sacreil 'p. American
launchings, by choos ng to break a hot
<"f plain water 'im preference to
Isparkli'iig cbatiucigine. As *be ascended
II the stand >"f honor. Miss Bradley 11111.0.
have known tihat B'he was the obje.it of
no fiittle interest, o-wing L/ her regard
. \'?.,"tTirksi)AV, m
l\u' the wishes of the VW>nvan's O.hris
riusi Temperance I'ii' .-u ill America. :>?:
she g'ave no evidence of atiy concern
a brut the matter, assu'nving In r position
in ;ii.- !.? .u)i with a youthful grace uti.t
MORE P-IM21 "A'U'ATH ?'?N S.
1 I -.- vo ?i9'l ma. ? .y - i h .1
' i V. r'k !:' h 1' Mi ", r
?uslicil to No. 19 and joined the men
whu had aireutlv commenced ;.. prepare
the Kentucky fur her laumning. The
a'tteiniilK to launch two batitiesli.ps in
the siaune 'hour want attended by a.?
sinaii amwtni of risk. WlhU-e the labor
eis wore working on t'he lirst ship.
? rthers had t'o start i n 'the see.->.-ixl in or?
der that there should 'be no tiresome de
I c x ' , rush ,'b-as. r.,...,w I
suited i'ti t'he release of tiiie Kentucky
liefore the neeessa'ry- preliminaries of
her lau.neh had been completed. Every
precaution was taken, however, and ai
s-. en ms fiie Ko'ir.-arge kissed the dames
in.-! v.:ifM 1 l'w.vk. t Vab-.-il.
hull of her sitKer ship Crom the ground
iined up' on"each*"s*Je*W the Ken?
tucky, ;he workmen commenced t?
drive ill eile wedges w'hi'.'ii w*re lo do
the beitsr part of t'he .work. In raipid
suif.'fi'ioii. the weighty sleda?? ?Kr?ck
the wedges, whi'le-the'i'mpatiimit throng
i'ud'U'l.ged in comments en 'ab.- stuiinge
sp.-vuu.de of seeing waller Instead ol
champagne trivkle d'o-wn Mte bow of an
A STUAX'itK CUSTOM.
^As in ihe ease at tin- taxi event, the
ligure-s "f liii''1 ai'h-gvry of -pca-co Limtl
.'. i r un'-ler , -s-ur.i-.it s'ky. l-t .must he
:i-'?r.O:-;.'.|. bo?\-v, r. that in lb.- s-vend
tb I '??-? ????!.- n ..V. \ JO., io Iv
vi-,: 1 ? a . e- a ha
held in.' te' r'd'i--nie whte'n' tii'.-??; sugg.'is
ted bv Ihn ladles of ? the Woman's
Chris-fan TcmPvrar.ce Union, the Keii
ni. ky being the first battleship lo he
The id. a . rigiua b-d wilh t'he Ken
ii . k\ i - M -'i [ Ibis f :?< i- ivis r
V " dr.-.1 f 'a' 'iVc'v- r'.i 'was' 'r,
his 'set every jack tar in the United
sV-if-.- navy against the powerful ship
CAl-J-li Foil SUSPHTON.
To have a ship christened by a iiinr
A-mi. !?;. .:?:! r. but to have a ship
christened with water was tfro much tu
suppress -appr- h.-n.-ivc S'liip-.-rstit i' -n.
TlL.se and many others were the
ImI^v //''' .-^^^ '
THE BATTE'E'S?IJ?PS KEAiRSA
thoughts uivpermos! in the imimls of tip.
gather, d about'the w'aw waiting the
ces<ati..n ur-wiirk on the frame, find the
buzzin.g s.o.-,n.d of :?;?. iil-i.?i.pa.:ieiit raw.
hv.iI.vt.' the blows grew fewer*and a
uii'.ini.iir..us fr-eiir-g of aatiuipation sei
tied over the vast tnultitude as it
reached for rods away from the ways.
S .]-.- 'p'ieeeS Which he! 1 ill.' ship "11 h <? r
frame, and two trusted workmen looked
up for the signal b> start;
Till-: CUT CLAW'S BOTTLE.
Miss Bradley took the eat glass bot tie."
:ti. nil':. -! in siivi.-r ci.ikI costing miuvh
in. re tiei n a s.lk-netted iU.ntjtle oif cluatn
.-Vgain?-buz, buz. buz. buz, buz, buz.
More luizzes and the cruwd knew that
t'he steel blade was piercing the stout
oak 'pla-nta. and the Kentucky would
start ti'lmost any second. This lOtate of
expec-Kiney caused the closest 'attention
everywhere, and the sa.me pai'irfu'l si
!<?.-.."- which elia:raelei,-/.eil the lirst
knitieh prevailed this ?tone.
PrcrURE OF .M'AHVIOXLV 1'P.IDE.
M'.ss Bradley 'presented a .picture of
tnahlenly pride and beauty as she'lean?
ed a'g'a'ius't tile rail in full view of the
n.i.elow, 'hoidvn-g ai.i.ft the 'lwt't.1.1
?" I: :!'? k- i 1 -.^''iig ?;: - <? a ,v; t.'.'ivg b .
11, r features were visiibly llu&hed ftxim
suppressed exct.-tiieiii. but sihc was not
n.-i voiis QWd as .flic movement ?>f the
sa'w toulibated that the time was near,
slie firmly grtisped the cut-glass bettle
in her i-imatl hand and woiited.
There wos on'ly another instant of i
sais.pense, however, as the weakened
ti'mberts comimenced to crack under the'
.-, ver.- strain of -tttie ship's burden, send |
he long i'x;:e ted nnap sharply -followed.
Tllli KENTUCKY NAMED.
Oti'ly another intstout before the big
hull started frVwn the bed in whidli it
had rej>oseil since June 1S96, and 'Miss
l'.radSey gracerully cast the isMver
| mounted, ftiit-glbss bottle against the
slowly receding pro w cn the chalk mark
I which 'Indicated the most desirable spot
i for the function.
j Smash went the thick glass, making
i .a louder report than the thin cham?
pagne bottle in the hands of Mrs. Wins
I Then followed in harmonious, girlish
"I christen thee?Kentucky."
Only those in the near vlelnity of the
bc.rh h.ard 'the expression, but those
for rods around saw the pretty young
ARCH 21, !8'.)S.
toy's; lips part. and know then that t!ie
hristen-lng \v.-r,is Im? I.n uivnounccd.
ONLY PLAIN WATER.
far dirt'creiii fr..'m ; In; lirsi greet, d la-??;?
Tier,- u as .... sparkling man
trickling down rtte cold steel prow
iioi'hing 'but a .-..'.<.rl,---^ tluid whivh left
behind nothing Inn a ??fresh-washed''
path as it traveled 5ns downward
The next inin.tiite the crowd forgot
the *<iitn genes .if 'the spectacle and
turned Ks attention to the moving bat?
tleship. Down the tallow toboggan on
Us 'huge s'lipipo't't. tile Kentucky sped
with unwavering grace. The stern
t.iuchi ?! t-he ?.et. :-, causing a splash ami
subsequent iiiwliirhanee, a-ttd then tic
fii'.RiJ ad'ditiun wi.t'it'ln an b.r to b'nele
Sam's Healing r..rce entered the river
with gentle swiftness.
AMERICAN EAGLE SCREAMED.
Foil- the secvind time that .lay. -the
multitude of Americans and foreigners
shotilted their hearty God-speed 'tea su?
perb der.en.ler. the steahi whistles in
a i-.i :r: it i r \ ? ?._?.? ., e
.iii.l tic American eagle screamed in a
way that made the battleship Illinois,
nity per .'"111 ..Mmpk-'te, .fa-lily shake
wiit.lh excitement, laind L-.iig witHi delight
f.-r rhe day orrwhieh i'l would be -bap?
tized in flic IriVtoric .lames with the
complements and congratulations of the
Another pet-fecit launch to 'the credit
of Che Newport News Shipbuilding and
Dry Dwek Company.
LIG1ITLY RODE THE WAVES.
The miamiiio'th steel shell roue the
lightly limited out to 'the channel. The
-o.mjjar.'i1: ively tiny tugs swarmed
an und tiie new comer. The staunch
little ii afts made fast to the ship's sides
iy nitirai.a.'ol to low her to another
her sister ship was tied up.
As the gr.-ri encours.f people
a..'..d ent-ran'c.ed 'with admiration. It was
faintly to be sen thai: 'they w ere dwell
eh tie- shipbuilding eomp.-i
Ttletol two Villips llil?lt dl ff. red
? slight es.| par:-:ciliar, and fa?
il her to the smallest de
WEI.L DESERVED SUCCESS.
The Kentucky was safely tied to he
no- rings, 'alivl vhe m-a^-ses then realized 1
that the two .meat events of the
la-- -were over. Well deserved success
-rowmd the latest achievement* of the
New;, r: News Sh.i.pbn.i'l'diu.g and Dri?
ll.'k I' .-ii: any. Kv. ryli. ..]>? is haippy
iieoii-its of the builders and er.nstrue.t
a-rs who have carried 'the heaviest bur- !
I n. there is a ih-ankf ulnesv no words
?an ?multiply. Months of patient work
RGE AND KENTUCKY.
rave been brought no a hctippv stage,
ir.nl the di-e-alled peril, always near, has
icon averted without the slightest hint
if Its ivivsence.
THE CROWDS DTSPHP-SiE.
When the Kentucky's lines were made
"..st -to til'.,- pier'and there was a general
movement of enaft down 'the rivei*. the
-adies and gentlemen who ae-conipan.ied
rhe la im? hing -panties left the stand,
entered carriages, and were driven
ilow'ly through .the surging imai-ts of hu?
manity in the il'lrec'lion o: the shiipyard
Mite?, '''his -was necossiairlly slowly ac
?oiii.p'lish.-.1, aa the crowds of spectators
moved in the same direction, and
packed ait av.-n'ies to the street.
'I'll hl Y SAW TitM SUIHTS.
Hundreds of persons, residents of
Newport News os well as strangers,
lingered In the yard to obtain
glimpses of the many large bu it-lungs
which constitute .the mrrmmoth plaint of
the Newport News Shipbuilding and
Dry 1 lock Company?the lairgest con?
cern of its kind anywhere in American
i f.ir their share of public wonder.
1>KSC'UtlTION Hi" SHU'S.
lo-gnl'tude being launched "n the same
ay mark,, an era ::i 111*' history of our
ew n ivy. while each ship in itself ;s
he heaviest mass of the kind ever
The equivalent of a couple of blocks
of good-sized houses is a tremendous
mass to transfer under any eireum
stiauees, bun to do so without the idight
esi strain to the structure is some
HiinK calling for ski!! and careful fore?
thought, and yet that is the sum of
o'n-lv one of these unfinished ships.
The ships were provided for by act of
Congress approved March 2. lSli?, and
ca the 2d of the following Jan?
uar*- the e. inti-.i-et for their ccn
sifruetiicin was awarded to the
Newport News Company for the te?
rn irkahty reasonable individual contract
price of only $2.250.000. and that. loo,
without the usual inducement of a
bonus for excess of speed. That, the
vesseis win be equal to uill the require?
ments goes without question, while at
the same time their moderate cost has
charges put upon their ^predecessors.
The Kenrsarge and Kentucky are
navigable fortresses of a, formidable
type, and in action would render a
good account of themselves in behalf of
Obi Glory. The dimensions of one a,p
p'le equally to the other, and their gen?
eral data are:
I Length on load water line.r.GS feet.
I Beam, extreme .72 feet 5 in.
THE OLD KEARS.VP.OE.
Draft, on normal1 displacement,
.211 feet 6 in.
Normal displacement .11,520 tens.
Maximum displacement, all ammun?
ition and stores on'board ..12.325 tons.
Maximum Indicated horse power (es:i
ma'-i) . 10.000
Maxam speed required by eon
tr?ct . 10 knots.
Normall coal supplv, .-110 tons.
i Maximum coal supiply, bunkers full.
I . 1,210 tons.
2. 4f ?
A" A A A it^Jl
PRICE 5 CENTS.
Cojmplement?Of ficers, seamen and ma?
rines . 51L
I The strictly novel characteristic of
these ships is their exceedingly moder?
ate draft .if water, but 25 feet when fall
i laden. !>?- which they may enter prac
I tioatly any harbor of innportance aIon.gr
our e.iast lines, something denied to
most of the.' armored cruisers of ail!
other nations. The offensive advant?
ages iwissessed In this single feature
cannot be overvalued.
The power to meet any enemy -win
red effectively J-n the twenty
two suns forming the main and auxn-'
. ;,I y '??Jtten.s, and these will consist of:
I Main battery, 4 13-'ineh -breech-loudlng
| rules and -l s-ineh breechloading rifles:
auxiliary battery, 14 5-inch rapid-fire
purpose of resisting torpedo
oeit attack and enfilading the open
ecks or unprotected gun stations of an
nemy. no six-pounders.
tes w.-ll keep up a des
II re, and woe -to the venttiire
iniatl croft that exposes kselt
fury of that steel-clla'd -b-ioKt.
irpedo tubes, two on each siide
V. will complete the offensive
f 'the siii;*-.
thirteen-Inch and eight-inch
e .housed 'in two two-story tur?
rets. The eight-inch guns are in the
up].er half, which is fixed rigidly to the
lower half. Tile whole structure has a
total swing of 270 degrecs_,and -all four
guns are pointed in the sains, generali
direction and swung from side"0?vsM$>^
by the one great turning gear engaging"""
1 the lower half. The design has been
erlously questioned here and abroad,
land there is a prevailing opinion that
I tile experiment -will never 'be repeated.
The eight-inch guns are sheltered be?
hind walls generally nine inches thick,
but augmented to eleven inches at the
tu. The thirteen-inch guns are cov
d by fifteen inches of hardened steel
o, except at the front, where there
an added thickness of two inches. To
?ice the walls of the lower turret a
>t would have to strike them from a
i-tanceof 1,500 yards with all the pent
energy eoua1! to hearing that shot
ite thirteen miles.
?y buttery of 14 five-Inch
rapid-lire gunn is mounted in the su
per-atructure on the main deck. This
super-structure, when it faces an en?
emy, is composed of hardened steel six
inches thick, and no explosive six-inch
.-'hell could ever get throuh that bul?
wark. Mach gun station is separated
from the adjoining gun 'by a two-inch
wall of steel that the effect of pene?
trating shot and bursting e'hell may be
localized. Each of these guns has a
service rate ..f speed of quite six aimed
sin its a minute, and as each shot
weighs 50 pounds a little arithmetic
tells the story.
The six-'pounders are mounted in part
>n the berth deck forward and aft. The
?est of them are placed in the stiper
aruclure above the five-Inch guns,
.vher-e they h rve a: very desirable range
if fire. The one-pounders and the Gat
lings are placed on the bridges and up
the military tops.
'o feed ail these guns each shiip TriM
?rv 500 tons of ammunition?enough
welcome an enemy with exceeding
j wi l t-mth.
The -wa ter-line region of the sides will
ie protected from attack -by a -broad
land of 1(1 1-2 inch armor, running
h.ng the sides ani-idiihiip -for a distance
f 174 feet, and 'taipers thence to four
riches at the stem. This belt is 7 1-2
eet wide and under normal conditions
inlv 3 1-2 will be above the water line.
I At "the extremities of the thickest part
ithwarts'hip bulkheads turn inboard
ind end against the barbettes or heavy
i tubes of fifteen-inch steel, w.icch rise
from the protective deck and *hicid the
nmmunit'lon hoists and the tttraiv"
j g. are of the turrets. The forward bulk
I head 'is 10 inches thick, the after one 12.
protective deck of hardened steel
-4 inches thick rests on the four
ills formed bv the athwartship bulk
ids and the inner edge of the inlaid
I - de armor. I'nder the protecting shel
?(?I- of this heavy roof and many feet of
eoal lie the engines, the -boilers and the
magazines and the shell-rooms?the
"vitals." in fact, of the ship. A broad
band of cellulose, extending from stem
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