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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS New Orleans (1898-1930, later PG-34 and CL-22)

USS New Orleans, a 3769-ton protected cruiser, was built at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, as the Brazilian Navy's Amazonas. Purchased by the U.S. Navy in March 1898, when freshly completed, she finished outfitting at New York and joined the fleet off Santiago, Cuba, in May. She was active off Cuba during the rest of the Spanish-American War, then spent over a year operating in U.S. waters before transferring to the Asiatic Station in 1899.

New Orleans served two tours of Asiatic service and one in the eastern Pacific up to 1917, when World War I requirements called her to the Atlantic. She escorted convoys until January 1918, then sailed for further duty in Asiatic waters, where she spent the rest of her active career. Designated PG-34 in 1920 and CL-22 in 1921, New Orleans was decommissioned in November 1922 and sold for scrapping in February 1930.

This page features several views related to USS New Orleans that have been cross-referenced from Spanish-American War coverage.

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Photo #: NH 45114

USS New Orleans (1898-1929)


Arrives off the New York Navy Yard, April 1898, after crossing the Atlantic. Note oversize commissioning pennant flying from her main mast, and Brazilian Navy paint scheme. She had been purchased from Brazil on 16 March 1898, while still under construction in England.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 75495

USS New Orleans (1898-1929)


Docked at the New York Navy Yard, April 1898, immediately after her maiden voyage from England. The receiving ship USS Vermont is at left. Note New Orleans' extra-long commissioning pennant.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 45112

USS New Orleans (1898-1929)


Photographed circa March-April 1898, possibly in a British port prior to her departure for the United States. Note rowing craft in the foreground.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 45115

USS New Orleans (1898-1929)


Photographed during the Spanish-American War, 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 85648

USS New Orleans (1898-1929)


Halftone photograph, taken during the Spanish-American War and published in the book War in Cuba, 1898.

Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 45116

USS New Orleans (1898-1929)


Dressed with flags, 1898. Note this British-built cruiser's elaborate stern decoration, and the civilian rowboat in foreground.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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The following photograph shows USS New Orleans in the background of a scene featuring another ship as its main subject:

Photo #: NH 82124-KN (Color)

USS Nahant (1862-1904)


Crewmen swabbing out her XI-inch Dahlgren muzzle-loading gun, during drills at the New York Navy Yard, 1898. USS New Orleans is in the background. The original photograph was published on a color-tinted postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons.

Courtesy of Myles DeSomer, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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6 October 1998