From: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS, Vol. III, p. 454.
BB-53 was laid down as Iowa at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., 17 May 1920, but on 8 February 1922, work was suspended when the ship was 31.8 percent complete. Construction was canceled 17 August 1923 in accordance with the terms of the W ashington Treaty limiting Naval armaments. She was sold for scarp 8 November 1923.