SALT LAKE CITY — A custom set of silver honoring the USS Utah battleship is now on display 100 years after it was provided for use on the vessel.
KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/rVPMA5 ) the 102-piece silver service is part of an exhibit running for the next two months at the Governor’s Mansion.
Money to buy the $10,000 gift was raised in part by Utah schoolchildren after President Theodore Roosevelt announced construction of the battleship in 1903.
Utah State historian Doug Misner says then Utah Gov. William Spry asked students to donate money. The set was presented to the battleship on Nov. 6, 1911.
The USS Utah was launched Dec. 23, 1909. The silver set was removed from the ship several years before it sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor.