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

USS Raleigh (Cruiser # 8, C-8), 1894-1921

USS Raleigh, a 3183-ton Cincinnati class protected cruiser, was built at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, and commissioned in April 1894. She initially served along the U.S. east coast, then made a European tour in 1897 before transferring to the Asiatic Staion. During the Spanish-American War, she participated in the Battle of Manila Bay.

After the war, Raleigh returned to the U.S. east coast, and briefly served off Central America before again transiting to Asiatic waters where she spent the years 1903-1907. She subsequently operated off the Pacific coasts of the United States and Central America. In World War I, the cruiser was active in the Atlantic off both North and South America, and in the Caribbean area. Raleigh decommissioned in April 1919 and was sold in August 1921.

This page features several views of USS Raleigh and of her 1898 activities.

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

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Photo #: NH 44367

USS Raleigh (C-8)


Photographed circa 1894-99.
Identification on the original photo of this ship as Cincinnati is incorrect. Details of bow decoration confirm that this cruiser is really Raleigh.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 66,839 bytes; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 44191

USS Raleigh (C-8)


Halftone photograph taken circa 1894-97 and published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 79,865 bytes; 740 x 635 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 93847

USS Raleigh (C-8)


Photographed in a U.S. east coast port, circa April 1899, following her return from Asiatic waters. Note sailing craft and tug in the area.

Courtesy of Paul Silverstone, 1982.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 56,133 bytes; 740 x 560 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 82659

USS Raleigh (C-8)


Photograph copyrighted 1898 by C.H. Graves, Philadelphia, and printed on a stereograph card. Raleigh is painted as she was during, and for several months after, the Spanish-American War.

Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1975

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 61,754 bytes; 590 x 625 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as
Photo # NH 82659-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 38,902 bytes; 675 x 360 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 78279

USS Raleigh (C-8)
USS Oregon (BB-3)

and
USS Saint Louis (C-20)

Moored together at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1913.
Saint Louis is being repainted.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 60KB; 740 x 475 pixels

 


The following images show scenes related to Raleigh's participation in the Battle of Manila Bay:

Photo #: NH 1256

"The battle of Manila", 1 May 1898


Contemporary halftone print after an artwork by W.G. Wood, originally reproducted by courtesy of F.A. Munsey. It depicts the Spanish ships at left (l-r): Isla de Cuba, Isla de Luzon and Reina Cristina. The Cavite batteries are in the center distance. At right are (l-r): USS Boston, USS Baltimore, USS Raleigh, USS Olympia and USS Concord.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 58,208 bytes; 740 x 445 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101344

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


Wreck of the Spanish cruiser Castilla off Cavite, shortly after the battle. In the background are (left-to-right): USS Olympia, USS Baltimore, USS Raleigh and two merchant ships.

Copied from the USS Baltimore album, Lot S-519, page 27.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 41,393 bytes; 740 x 470 pixels

 


The following image shows Raleigh, or USS Cincinnati, her sister, in the background of a picture of another ship:

 
Photo #: NH 63744

USS Ericsson (TB-2)


Photographed circa 1897-98, with either USS Cincinnati or USS Raleigh in the left background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 60,840 bytes; 740 x 560 pixels

 

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New picture added 20 November 1998