USS Indiana Battleship BB1

by Dave Richey
(Freetown, Indiana)

Forward 13-inch Main Gun Turret

Forward 13-inch Main Gun Turret

USS Indiana was the class leader and the first numbered battleship. The hull is fiberglass and I got it on E-Bay.

Other materials used were wood, styrene, brass, and aluminum. Fittings which were not scratch-built came from Blue Jacket and Plastruct. Small boats came from Model Dockyard in the U.K. Plans were from Loyalhanna dockyard. Photos and additional info came from American Steel Navy, by CDR.John D. Alden, USN (ret).

The ship is built to 1/96 scale and has a sound card for the main battery. Also has port and starboard lighting. Mast lights, search lights, and lights under the flying deck. The RC unit is 4-channel and the main battery is 12VDC.

The model ship received a GOLD award at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum model ship contest in 2010 (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)

The ship saw action at the battle of Santiago, Cuba on July 3,1898. The ship was launched on Feb.28, 1893 and commissioned on Nov. 20,1895.

4x13 breech loading rifles
8x8 " " "
4x6 " " "
20x6 pound rapid fire guns
6x1 " " " "
2 Gatling guns
6 tubes 18" Whitehead torpedo tubes
crew 32 Officers Navy & Marines
441 enlisted Navy & Marines

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by: Peter

My uncle, the late Capt. Robert O. Jackson, SR. was presented a tompion (tompkin) that came off of the Indiana. Uncle Bob was head of the Naval Armory in Indianapolis for many years, and for a time was the Commander of Indiana Naval Reserves. He made a small table, with the brass tompion for its top. I now have this table. I retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1997. AMEC P.C. Ward

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