Battleship Oklahoma (BB-37)
Jeff Phister, with Thomas Hone and Paul Goodyear. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. 256 pp. Illus. Appens. Notes. Gloss. Sources. Index. $19.95 (paper).
Here is the fascinating history of a dreadnought-type battleship launched in 1914. She had a heavy battery of ten 14-inch naval guns, enhanced armor protection, and a steaming range of 8,000 nautical miles at the speed of 10 knots.
In the early 1900s, the Navy was intent on moving from "the minor naval leagues to the majors," but faced the problem of "how to pack the most punch" into a ship of affordable size and cost. Innovations developed in 1910-11 had made it possible for a battleship turret to carry three guns instead of two, which enabled the Oklahoma and her sister ship, the Nevada (BB-36), to carry the same number of 14-inch guns in four turrets as their predecessors had in five. By 1928, the Oklahoma's power plant had been overhauled and thoroughly modernized.