The "Latest" Battleship!
Being something of a battleship buff, I was interested to try identifying the "latest battleship" in the American navy that was targeted by the the Nazi saboteurs. The picture of the model used was quite blurry, but it appeared to me to most resemble the USS Florida (BB-30), as rebuilt in the 1920s with a single stack. The model, however had a tripod foremast rather than the basket mast of the rebuilt Florida. Florida was hardly the latest battleship in the American fleet, having been commissioned in 1911 and scrapped in 1931. Her sister ship, the USS Utah, however, was converted into a training and target ship and sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 1941 December 7.share