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Online Library of Selected Images
Ships of the Spanish-American War-- Cruisers--USS Newark, USS Baltimore, USS Philadelphia and USS San Francisco

Completed in 1889 and 1890, these four protected cruisers followed the general arrangement typical of sailing ships, with all armament carried in broadside positions. Newark (Cruiser # 1) and San Francisco (Cruiser # 5) served in the Atlantic and Caribbean theatres during the Spanish-American War. Baltimore (Cruiser # 3) was in the Asiatic Squadron and participated in the Battle of Manila Bay. Philadelphia (Cruiser # 4), a Pacific Squadron ship, took part in the occupation of Hawaii.

Baltimore and San Francisco were later converted to minelayers, serving into the early 1920s in that role, while Newark and Philadelphia were reduced to non- operational status prior to World War I.

This page features views of these four cruisers.

If better quality reproductions than these digital images are desired, see "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

In all cases, clicking on the small photograph will prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: NH 80841

USS Newark (C-1)


Coaling from a schooner, 1898. Though deteriorated, this photo shows an activity that was a frequent, and very dirty, reality of Spanish-American War naval operations.

Copied from the collection of William D. Edwards, by courtesy of Robert W. Edwards, 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 78,401 bytes; 740 x 506 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 61696

USS Baltimore (C-3)


Photographed during the 1890s, with her crew's laundry drying forward.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59,212 bytes; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 61697

USS Baltimore (C-3)


Anchored with her stern to the reef at Honolulu, Hawaii, circa 1897-98.

Courtesy of Captain T.T. Craven, USN, 1927.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 48,745 bytes; 740 x 420 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42604

USS Philadelphia (C-4)


Photographed by Thomas, Port Angeles, Washington, during the middle or later 1890s.

Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 50,033 bytes; 740 x 470 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42603

USS Philadelphia (C-4)


Halftone photograph, copyright 1892 by J.S. Johnston, New York, and published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 85,593 bytes; 740 x 620 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 44247

USS San Francisco (C-5)


Halftone photograph, published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898. San Francisco is dressed with flags, with the Italian ensign at her mainmast peak, possibly during her 1895-96 European Squadron service.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 66,163 bytes; 740 x 630 pixels

 

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28 February 1998