Launching the Kentucky and Kearsarge, reported on in Kentucky

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.... i . - e v Story of the Xratucxy. Th first-elas sea-golnsT bettleahip Kentucky was authorised by Congress March 2, 1S96, simultaneously with her sister ship, the Kearsarge, In construction and equipment each is a counter part of th other. .! The two moaster fighting machines wer latmched on the mm dsy. March 24. m, t Coming at a time when tb war fever was Intense, it was a notable launch ing, marked by many striking Incidents and episodes. . Thirty thousand people witnessed the launching; It was th first time in th history of the world that two first-class battleships wer launched, oa th same day. Tb twin leviathans of the deep were put Into th water within an hour, and th feat,- always attended with con siderable risk, was accomplished with perfect success. . , Naval traditions were rudely broken In the christening ot th big v esse la According to th notions ef sailors, both should be unlucky. Th Kearsarge was dedicated to ill-fat by being christened by a married woman, th wit of Lieut. Commander Wlnslow, ot the navy. Tb sailor's idea of th proprieties fared even worse in, the case of ths Ken tucky, for Miss Christine Duncan Brad ley, daughter of the Governor of the Bluegrass State, broke a bottle of spring water over th vessel's prow as the new fighting machine sildlnt the James river. The water came from a spring on the Kentucky farm on which Abraham Lincoln was bora. Bom mitigation- ot the unpropltious beginning of ths Ken. tucky's career was Insinuated by a number ot Kentucklans in attendance upon the ceremonies, who during her trip down the ways bombarded her with pint and quart bottles of Kentucky Bourbon. A poastbl charge of section al baptism was prevented by enthusiastic confederates, who smashed against tbe warship's sides bottle of water from a spring oa th Kentucky farm where Jefferson Davis first taw th light of dav.'"" .-...-.,,. The battleship Kentucky and Its duptL cats, the Kearsage, belong to a unique and lndivldtral typ ot battleship con struction. They are th only warships in the world that carry the heavy guns of their ami n batteries mounted In su- perlrrrDoeed turrets one above the other. There are two of these turrets, one for ward, the other aft As the U. s. 8. Monitor, of civil war fame and exploit was tbe first war vessel to carry a turret for the protection of her guns and to glv them a wider range of fire, so sr the Kentucky and her twin sister the first to carry double, or supertmposea, turrets. This scheme was tried a an exnerirnent. but It I the general opinion now that tbe super Imposed turret Is the coming battery ajrsnement; and. so cmfldent of this are the naval chiefs at WasMrwton. that tbey have decided to equip the three new 15,000-ton bsttls-ships with tbe device. The upper turrets of the Kentucky each carry two eight-Inch guns and the lower - turret eacn two thlrteea-lncb guns. The guns la each turret point la the saune lateral direotion. To realn the gun of-en turret It Is neoessory that all four point at tbe sam target In this wsy a terrible fire I concentrated -upon the obect to be- destroyed. Tbe turrets can be turned to starboard or to Doet at wilt and botl can- be trained on one obect less than LOO yards dis tant a- -, - Dimension and Tsataisa. ' Th. length of the Kentucky on the load water line Is 368 feet; beam, ex treme. 73 feet 2Vs Inches; free-board. aft, 12 feet S Inches; mean draft, with 410 ton ot coal, t3 feet Inches; dis placement 11.523 tons; contract speed In knots per hour, 1$ (th Kentucky has. however, proven; herself worthy to be classed as aa 18-knot ship, and is so regarded unofficially); Indicated, horsepower 10,000; normal, coal capacity 410

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 05 Jun 1900, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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