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The first photo is dated 13 December 1916 and as you say has had several mods done including the addition of 3-in AA guns with an enlarged platform added atop the cranes (I have always thought that must have been a fun location in bad weather
). The second image has no date associated with the photo and none of those mods (small platforms for searchlights atop the cranes) and HAS TO
pre-dates the first image. USS MICHIGAN kept the 3-in guns/platforms atop the crane to the end of her career. A lot of the period photos available may or may not have dates on them. Even then there can be some suspect dating if there isn't a date part of the image applied when generated.
If I have to guess, the second photo dates from about 1914 when the USN was starting to adopt to potential war needs because of WWI in Europe and post the Vera Cruz expeditions. The "camo" may be nothing more than an experimental scheme or simply an incomplete paint job.
Note in the first picture the tops of the cranes have tubs that hold at gun (5"?).
In the second picture, the tubs are smaller and hold a searchlight.
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