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

USS Saint Louis (Cruiser # 20, C-20, later CA-18), 1906-1930

USS Saint Louis, a 9700-ton cruiser built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was commissioned in August 1906. After a brief period in the Atlantic, she was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, arriving there in mid-1907. For the next decade, Saint Louis served as a training, receiving and submarine support ship, as well as in traditional cruiser roles along the U.S. west Coast, at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere in the eastern Pacific.

In 1917, with the U.S. entry into World War I, Saint Louis was transferred to the Atlantic, where she served as a transport and escorted convoys. Following the Armistice, she brought home thousands of U.S. troops from Europe. Redesignated CA-18 in July 1920, she was sent to the Mediterranean during a period of great turmoil in Turkey. Returning to the United States late in 1921, Saint Louis decommissioned in March 1922. After eight years in reserve, she was sold for scrapping in August 1930.

This page features overall views of USS Saint Louis.

For views taken aboard this cruiser, see USS Saint Louis (C-20) Onboard and Closeup Views.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the Online Library's digital images, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Photo #: NH 44192

USS Saint Louis (C-20)


Photographed circa 1906-07, soon after completion.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 575 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 81435

USS Saint Louis (C-20)


Photographed circa 1907.

Collection of Rear Admiral B.F. Hutchison; Courtesy of Mrs. Worth Sprunt, 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 740 x 420 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 63587

USS Saint Louis (C-20)


Off San Francisco, California, circa 1909-1916.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 565 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

 
Photo #: NH 50115

USS Saint Louis (C-20)


Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 14 September 1917.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 585 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 2800

USS Saint Louis (C-20)


Photographed in September 1918, in wartime camouflage paint.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 58 KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 90775

USS Saint Louis (C-20)


Halftoned photograph, showing the ship in her World War I camouflage.
Note numerous wartime modifications to her 6-inch gun battery, rig and superstructure.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 470 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42525

Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania


Older warships in the Reserve Basin, 18 November 1919, as seen by a Philadelphia Evening Ledger photographer. Ships are (front row, left to right):
USS Missouri (BB-11);
one Connecticut class battleship;
USS Michigan (BB-27); and
USS Saint Louis (C-20).
Those in the back row are (left to right):
USS Maine (BB-10);
USS Kentucky (BB-6);
USS Kearsarge (BB-5);
USS Indiana (BB-1);
USS Massachusetts (BB-2);
USS Iowa (BB-4);
USS Wisconsin (BB-9); and
USS Illinois (BB-7).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 585 pixels

 

For views taken on board this cruiser, see USS Saint Louis (C-20) Onboard and Closeup Views.

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New picture added 19 January 1999