USS Mississippi (BB-41) dry-docked at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 22 October 1940. Along with the other two ships of the New Mexico class, Mississippi's superstructure replaced her original cage masts in 1931. Her range clock would be removed at the beginning of WWII. Note she appears to have worked up steam, evidenced by the smoke from her stack. Also the floor of the dock is wet; she may have just entered the dock. Also interesting are worker's cars at the bottom of the screen, and the crane off Mississippi's port quarter; this same type of crane was installed aboard the French carrier Béarn in 1944-5.
BB-41 was part of several notable firsts - the use of spotter aircraft to direct her fire as part of an exercise in 1923, and 29 years later, fired the first ship-borne missile as AG-128. Despite extensive efforts to save her as a museum, she was scrapped in 1956.
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