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USS Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser # 3, CA-3), 1896-1921)

USS Brooklyn, a 9215-ton armored cruiser, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and commissioned in December 1896. After initial operations in European waters and off the U.S. east coast, she served as flagship of the "Flying Squadron" during the Spanish-American War and played a major role in the Battle of Santiago.

After 1898, Brooklyn's tours of duty included cruises to European and Asiatic waters, as well as operating closer to home. Inactive from 1908 to 1915, she the returned to service in time for World War I, and thereafter spent most of her time in the Pacific. Decommissioned in March 1921, Brooklyn was sold late in that year.

This page features several Spanish-American War era views of USS Brooklyn.

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Photo #: NH 91960

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


At the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, 1898. Photographed by Enrique Muller.

Collection of the New York Naval Shipyard.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 56,423 bytes; 740 x 553 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 63096

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


In New York Harbor during the Spanish-American War victory naval parade, August 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 70,890 bytes; 890 x 475 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 61500

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


In New York Harbor during the victory fleet review, August 1898. USS New York (CA-2) is in the left background. The original photograph was copyright by George P. Hall & Son, New York, 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64,637 bytes; 740 x 589 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 100345

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


Returns to the U.S. from Cuban Waters, August 1898. Her crewmen are waving to the photographer. The original photograph was published on a stereograph card by Strohmeyer & Wyman, New York, 1898.

Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 50,423 bytes; 590 x 630 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as
Photo # NH 100345-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 48,670 bytes; 675 x 355 pixels

 

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)

Steaming in the New York naval parade, August 1898, upon the return of the fleet from Cuban waters. The original photograph was published on a stereograph card by the American Stereoscopic Company, copyrighted by R.Y. Young, 1899.

Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 51,209 bytes; 590 x 675 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as
Photo # NH 100290-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 43,819 bytes; 675 x 355 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 73613

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


In drydock at the New York Navy Yard, 1898, with men working over her side. Note rudder and starboard propeller. Original photograph was copyright 1899 by R.Y. Young.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, CA, 1971.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59,189 bytes; 590 x 680 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 93704

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


Sailors and Marines on the cruiser's forecastle, with mascot goat, 1898. Note details of pilothouse and bridge, improvised gunport shields on her forward 8" gun turret, and very odd "flathat" worn by one sailor. The original photograph was published on a stereograph card, copyright by C.L. Wasson, 1899.

Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(Ret), 1982.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 60,259 bytes; 590 x 640 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as
Photo # NH 93704-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 48,224 bytes; 675 x 355 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 56595

USS Brooklyn (CA-3)


"Next" -- Barber shop scene on board Brooklyn in 1898.
Note that this shop uses a portable barber's chair, set up in Brooklyn's windlass room.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 107KB; 740 x 670 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 2265

Socapa Batteries, Santiago, Cuba


A pair of "6-in Rapid Firing Guns" in the Socapa Batteries, on the west side of the entrance to Santiago Harbor. Photographed soon after U.S. forces occupied Santiago in mid-July 1898. USS Brooklyn (CA-3) is offshore, at the extreme left.
These guns are probably 16cm (6.3") Hontoria guns, removed from the cruiser Reina Mercedes.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 70,751 bytes; 740 x 590 pixels

 

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New picture added 17 November 1998