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Florida Class Battleship
521.5' x 88.3' x 28.3'
10 × 12 in guns,
16 × 5 in guns
2 × 21" torpedo tubes
Earl Hinz 1980
Due to tension in Mexico, Utah sailed for Mexican waters in early February and reached Vera Cruz on 16 February. Utah remained at Vera Cruz for almost two months before returning north to the New York Navy Yard in late June for an overhaul. Over the next three years, the battleship operated on a regular routine of battle practices and exercises from off the eastern seaboard into the Caribbean. When America entered World War I, Utah participated in convoy escort duties.
Postwar, Utah carried out a regular routine of battle practices and maneuvers, ranging from the New England coast to the Caribbean, into mid-1921. On July 17, 1920 redesignated BB-31 and later designated AG-16 as a mobile target for training and gunnery practice.
At 0812, mooring lines snapped, and Utah rolled over on her beam. Her survivors struck out for shore, some taking shelter on the mooring quays. The ship rolled over with 58 personnel trapped inside. There would have been more fatalities but for heroic measures of other sailors to rescue those trapped.Shipwreck
Salvage was delayed until 1943 because of its low potential to be returned to fruitful service during the war. When salvage was underway, it over-rolled and lay down on its other side, as it rests today. The shipwreck was left where it rested.
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