USS Iowa BB-4                

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USS Iowa BB-4

Scale 1:250
Author: Carl Beetz - Golden Bear Models
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USS Iowa BB-4
Waterline or full hull model.                            

Model # GBM005 (081)



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Technical data:
  Launched March 28, 1896
11,346 tons
  Length 360 feet  
  Beam 72 feet  
  Max speed 17.0 knots
  Armament 2 x 2 - 12"/ 35 cal
    4 x 2 - 8"/ 35 cal
    6 x 1 - 4"/ 40 cal
    20 x 1 - 6-pound
    4 x 1 - 1-pound
    4 x 14" torpedo tubes
     USS Iowa was commissioned 16 June 1897 under the command of Captain W. T. Sampson and was assigned to the Atlantic fleet.   In April 1898 the U.S. government declared war on Spain.  28 May 1898, Iowa was ordered to blockade duty off the port of Santiago De Cuba, joining the other American battleships, Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon. On 3 July 1898, she was the first to sight the Spanish flotilla attempting to escape the harbor. In the ensuing engagement now known as the Battle of Santiago De Cuba, Iowa performed well.  Her effective fire set the Spanish cruisers Maria Teresa and Oquendo aflame.  In concert with other ships, she sank the destroyer Pluton.  She then gave chase to the cruiser Viscaya and inflicted so much damage on her to force Viscaya onto the rocks. With the battle finished, Iowa received on board Spanish Admiral Cervera and the officers and crews of the Viscaya, Furor and Pluton.
   After the Spanish-American war, Iowa entered drydock at Bremerton, Washington 11 June 1899 for her first refit. After that, she served in the Pacific Squadron for 2 ˝ years, conducting training cruises and target practice.
   23 December 1903 Iowa joined the Atlantic Squadron, participating in the John Paul Jones Commemoration ceremonies in June 1905.
   Iowa did not participate in the world tour of the “Great White Fleet” in 1908.  However, she was extensively overhauled in 1909-10, along with most of the other American battleships.  It was this refit that gave her and the others the distinctive cage masts that lasted into the 1920s.
   From that time forward, Iowa served mainly as a training vessel, making a number of cruises to northern Europe. She decommissioned for the final time 31 March 1919. - Michael Mash, June 2011
Model built and photographed by the author, used with permission.

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