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USS South Carolina (BB-26), the lead ship of her class of dreadnought battleships, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the eighth state. She was also the first American dreadnought; though she did not incorporate turbine propulsion like HMS Dreadnought, South Carolina's design included revolutionary aspects as well, primarily the superfiring arrangement of her main battery. The ship was laid down in December 1906 and launched in July 1908 before being commissioned into the US Atlantic Fleet in March 1910.
USS South Carolina (BB-26)
|Namesake||State of South Carolina|
|Builder||William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia|
|Laid down||18 December 1906|
|Launched||11 July 1908|
|Commissioned||1 March 1910|
|Decommissioned||15 December 1921|
|Stricken||10 November 1923|
|Fate||Sold for scrap, 24 April 1924|
|Class and type||South Carolina-class battleship|
|Beam||80 ft 3 in (24 m)|
|Draft||24 ft 6 in (7 m)|
|Speed||18.5 kn (21 mph; 34 km/h)|
|Range||6,950 nmi (7,998 mi; 12,871 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h)|
South Carolina spent much of her career in the Atlantic and Caribbean patrolling the eastern coast of the United States. She made two trips to Europe in 1910 and 1911 and participated in a visit by a German cruiser squadron in 1912. In 1913–14, she frequently patrolled the coast of Mexico to protect American interests during the Mexican Revolution, and in April 1914 she took part in the United States occupation of Veracruz. After the United States entered World War I in April 1917, South Carolina trained sailors for the rapidly expanding wartime navy, and in late 1918, she was assigned to convoy escort duty. An accident with her propellers in September kept her from active service for the remainder of the conflict. In 1919, she made four trips to bring American soldiers back from Europe. Midshipmen training cruises followed in 1920–21, but the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 cut her career short. She was broken up for scrap as part of the arms limitation treaty, starting in mid-1924.