Skip Navigation Links  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Serial and Government Publications Division)
  Home >> Topics in Chronicling America

Topics in Chronicling America - Battleships and the Pre-WW I Naval Arms Race

Trying to keep afloat in a world-wide naval arms race, the U.S. launches the great USS Michigan on May 26, 1908 swiftly followed by the USS South Carolina in July of that same year. England sparked the race in 1906 when it introduced the “world’s most powerful battleship,” prompting Germany, Japan, the U.S., and a number of other countries to build increasingly larger and more powerfully armed ships. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

Picture of a battleship

Jump to: Sample Articles

Important Dates:

  • February 10 1906. Battleship HMS Dreadnought is launched.
  • November 15 1906. Japan launches the Satsuma.
  • July 22 1907. Germany launches SMS Nassau.
  • May 26 1908. United States launches the USS Michigan.
  • August 20 1910. Italy launches the Dante Alighieri.
  • July 24 1910. Austria-Hungary starts building the Viribus Unitis.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Battleship, Dreadnought, Admiral Dewy, Nassau, Battleship Connecticut, Battleship Michigan, Battleship South Carolina.

Sample Articles from Chronicling America:

Top of Page Top of Page
  Home >> Topics in Chronicling America
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  January 22, 2013
Legal | External Link Disclaimer

Contact Us:  
Ask a Librarian