The Fleet

The composition of the Fleet is best remembered for the 16 battleships with white hulls that circumnavigated the globe.  They were divided into two squadrons of two divisions in each squadron and led by 4 admirals.  They were all named after states except one, USS Kearsarge.  The represented the bulk of the Atlantic Fleet.

The battleships were escorted by a "Torpedo Flotilla" during the first leg of the voyage.  The composition of the particular units did change when the ships departed for the second leg of the cruise with the changing of two of the units.  During the second leg they were accompanied by a variety of fleet auxiliary ships including repair, stores, hospital and tenders.

Other ships participating in the second portion of the cruise included The Pathfinders, a group of recently commissioned armored cruisers, and a group of six torpedo destroyers, that would shadow the main battle fleet throughout the South Pacific.  There were also numerous auxiliaries of the fleet, both American and British, that provided coal and supplies.

First Squadron - From Hampton Roads to San Francisco

First Division
Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans Commanding
Second Division
Rear Admiral William H. Emory, Commanding
USS Connecticut, Captain Hugo OsterhausUSS Georgia, Flagship
Captain Henry McCrea
USS Kansas
Captain Charles E. Vreeland
USS New Jersey
Captain William H. H. Southerland
USS Vermont
Captain William P. Potter
USS Rhode Island
Captain Joseph B. Murdock
USS Louisiana
Captain Richard Wainwright
USS Virginia
Captain Seaton Schroeder

Second Squadron - From Hampton Roads to San Francisco

Third Division
Rear Admiral Charles M. Thomas, Commanding
Fourth Division
Rear Admiral Charles S. Sperry, Commanding
USS Minnesota, Captain John HubbardUSS Alabama, Flagship
Captain Ted Veeder
USS Maine
Captain Giles B. Harber
USS Illinois
Captain John M. Boyer
USS Missouri
Captain Charles W. Bartlett
USS Kearsarge
Captain Hamilton Hutchins
USS Ohio
Captain Charles W. Barlett
USS Kentucky
Captain Walter C. Cowles

First Squadron - From San Francisco to Puget Sound and Return

First Division
Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans Commanding
Second Division
Rear Admiral R. Wainwright, Commanding
USS Connecticut, Captain Hugo OsterhausUSS Georgia, Flagship
Captain Qualtrough
USS Kansas
Captain Charles E. Vreeland
USS New Jersey
Captain William H. H. Southerland
USS Vermont
Captain William P. Potter
USS Rhode Island
Captain Joseph B. Murdock
USS Minnesota
Captain J. Hubbard
USS Nebraska
Captain R. F. Nicholson

Second Squadron - From San Francisco to Puget Sound and Return

Third Division
Rear Admiral W. H. Emory, Commanding
Fourth Division
Rear Admiral Charles S. Sperry, Commanding
USS Louisiana, Flagship
Captain K. Niles
USS Wisconsin, Flagship
Captain F. E. Beatty
USS Virginia
Captain A. Sharp
USS Illinois
Captain John M. Boyer
USS Missouri
Captain R. M. Doyle
USS Kearsarge
Captain Hamilton Hutchins
USS Ohio
Captain T. B. Howard
USS Kentucky
Captain Walter C. Cowles
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