U.S.S. Brooklyn (1895)

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U.S.S. Brooklyn (1895)
Hull Number: Armored Cruiser No. 3
CA-3
Builder: Cramp[1]
Ordered: Act of 19 July, 1892[2]
Laid down: 2 August, 1893[3]
Launched: 2 October, 1895[4]
Commissioned: 1 December, 1896[5]
Decommissioned: 9 March, 1921[6]
Stricken: 20 December, 1921[7]
Sold: 20 December, 1921[8]
Fate: Broken up
U.S.S. Brooklyn was an armored cruiser completed for the United States Navy in 1896.

Construction

Initially conceived as an improved New York, the Brooklyn's design was far more trendy than her predecessor. Her hull reflected distinct French influence, and an increase in displacement of a thousand tons resulted in high freeboard and noticeable tumblehome. This distinct hull shape in combination with two heavy military masts and three tall funnels created a unique, handsome vessel with much superior seakeeping abilities to the New York.[9][10][11]

Brooklyn was launched on 2 October, 1895 by William Cramp & Sons, sponsored by Miss Ida May Schieren.

Service

Brooklyn was commissioned on 1 December, 1896, with Captain Francis A. Cook in command.

She was stricken on 20 December, 1921 and sold the same day. Her new owners towed her to San Francisco, where she was broken up.[12]

Armament

Guns

As Completed[13]

  • eight 8-inch/35 caliber
  • twelve 5-inch/40 caliber
  • twelve 6-pounders
  • four 1-pounders
  • four Colt machine guns

1918[14]

  • eight 8-inch/35 caliber
  • eight 5-inch/40 caliber
  • two 3-inch/50 caliber AA
  • four 6-pounders

Torpedoes

As Completed[15]

  • four 18-inch torpedo tubes

1909[16]

  • Torpedo tubes removed.

Captains

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 450.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 148.
  3. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 450.
  4. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 450.
  5. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 450.
  6. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 450.
  7. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 22.
  8. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 450.
  9. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 148.
  10. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 36.
  11. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 22.
  12. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 22.
  13. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 466.
  14. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 22.
  15. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 466.
  16. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 22.
  17. List and Station, July 1898. p. 5.
  18. List and Station, July 1900. p. 5.
  19. Register of Officers, 1900. p. 10.
  20. Register of Officers, 1904. p. 8.
  21. Register of Officers, 1905. p. 8.
  22. Register of Officers, 1905. p. 10.
  23. Register of Officers, 1906. p. 10.
  24. Register of Officers, 1907. p. 8.
  25. Register of Officers, 1908. p. 10.
  26. Register of Officers, 1916. p. 14.
  27. Register of Officers, 1919. pp. 16-17.
  28. Register of Officers, 1920. pp. 18-19.
  29. Register of Officers, 1919. pp. 16-17.

Bibliography

  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Friedman, Norman (1985). U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.


Armoured Cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn
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