THE "GREAT WHITE" FLEET
Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans
Rear Admiral Charles Thomas
Rear Admiral Charles Sperry
FIRST SQUADRON
Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans
FIRST DIVISION
Rear Admiral Robley Evans

CONNECTICUT (BB)  - Flagship
Capt. Hugo Osterhaus
KANSAS (BB)
Capt. Charles Vreeland
LOUISIANA (BB)
Capt. Richard Wainwright
VERMONT (BB)
Capt. William Potter
SECOND DIVISION
Rear Admiral William Emory

GEORGIA (BB) - Flagship
Capt. Henry McRea
VIRGINIA (BB)
Capt. Seaton Schroeder
NEW JERSEY (BB)
Capt. William Southerland
RHODE ISLAND (BB)
Capt. Joseph Murdock
SECOND SQUADRON
Rear Admiral Charles Thomas
THIRD DIVISION
Rear Admiral Charles Thomas

MINNESOTA (BB)  - Flagship
Capt. John Hubbard
MAINE (BB)
Capt. Giles Harber
MISSOURI (BB)
Capt. Greenlief Merriam
OHIO (BB)
Capt. Charles Bartlett
Fleet Auxiliaries
FIRST DIVISION
Rear Admiral Charles Sperry

CONNECTICUT (BB)  - Flagship
Capt. Hugo Osterhaus
KANSAS (BB)
Capt. Charles Vreeland
MINNESOTA (BB)
Capt. John Hubbard
VERMONT (BB)
Capt. Frank Fletcher
Torpedo Flotilla
ARETHUSA - tender  
Cmdr. Albert Grant
WHIPPLE
Lt. Hutch Cone
HULL
Lt. Frank McCommon
LAWRENCE
Lt. Ernest Frederick
TRUXTON
Lt. Charles Kerrick
STEWART
Lt. Julius Hellweg
HOPKINS
Lt. Alfred Howe
SECOND DIVISION
Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright

GEORGIA (BB) - Flagship
Capt. Edward Qualtrough
NEBRASKA (BB)
Capt. Reginald Nicholson
NEW JERSEY (BB)
Capt. William Southerland
RHODE ISLAND (BB)
Capt. Joseph Murdock
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The Navy Rifle team after winning a competition in New
Zealand during the cruise of the Great White Fleet.

US Navy Photo from the Naval History and Heritage
Command  On-Line Library.
As far as I know, it is in the public domain.
FOURTH DIVISION
Rear Admiral Charles Sperry

ALABAMA (BB)  - Flagship
Capt. Ten Eyck DeW. Veeder
ILLINOIS (BB)
Capt. John Bowyer
KEARSARGE (BB)
Capt. Hamilton Hutchins
KENTUCKY (BB)
Capt. Walter Cowles
YANKTON (CR)
Lt. Walter Gherardi
GLACIER
Cmdr. William Hogg
CULGOA
Lt. Cmdr. John Patton
PANTHER
Cmdr. Valentine Nelson
RELIEF
Surgeon Charles Stokes
THIRD DIVISION
Rear Admiral Seaton Schroeder

LOUISIANA (BB)  - Flagship
Capt. Kossuth Niles
VIRGINIA (BB)
Capt. Alexander Sharp
MISSOURI (BB)
Capt. Robert Doyle
OHIO (BB)
Capt. Thomas Howard
Abbreviations
BB- Battleship                      AC - Armored Cruiser                  PC - Protected Cruiser
CC - Converted Cruiser       CR - Cruiser                                DB - Dispatch Boat
GB - Gunboat (including conversions)                                    GBc - Composite Gunboat
GBl - Light-draft Gunboat    M - Monitor                                  ReS - Refrigerator Ship
SuS - Supply Ship               SaS - Sailing Ship                        TB - Tugboat
DD - Torpedo-Boat Destroyer                                                 SS - Submarine Torpedo-Boat
In 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt, for reasons of national prestige and to test the ability of the American Navy to respond to potential crises in the Pacific,
decided to dispatch the battleships of the Atlantic Fleet on what became an around-the-world cruise. This force, the largest concentration of American naval
power sent to the Pacific to that time, was known as the Great White Fleet, due to the soon to be discarded practice of painting American warships white.
Commanded by RADM Robley Evans, the last Civil War veteran on active naval duty, the fleet of battleships, along with a torpedo flotilla and some
auxiliaries, sailed from Hampton Roads in December 1907, arriving in San Francisco the next May after travelling around South America. In San Francisco
Evans, in reality too ill to have even sailed with the fleet, turned over command, first to RADM Charles Thomas for a week, then to RADM Charles Sperry.
Under Sperry the Great White Fleet sailed to New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, China, and, most notably, Japan before returning to the US in February
1909 via Ceylon, the Suez Canal, and the Mediterranean.
Listed below is the composition of the fleet during the first leg of the voyage under Evans, then the revised composition for the return leg under Sperry, with
command arrangements as of Manilla.
Sources for this page include the Naval History and Heritage Command Great White Fleet web Pages and the book
Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet by
James Reckner.
THE "GREAT WHITE" FLEET
(return leg)
Rear Admiral Charles Sperry
FIRST SQUADRON
Rear Admiral Charles Sperry
SECOND SQUADRON
Rear Admiral William Emory
FOURTH DIVISION
Rear Admiral William Emory

WISCONSIN (BB)  - Flagship
Capt. Frank Beatty
ILLINOIS (BB)
Capt. John Bowyer
KEARSARGE (BB)
Capt. Hamilton Hutchins
KENTUCKY (BB)
Capt. Walter Cowles
Fleet Auxiliaries
YANKTON (CR)
Lt. Cmdr. Charles B. McVay
CULGOA
Lt. Cmdr. John Patton
PANTHER
Cmdr. Valentine Nelson