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USS Denver (C-14) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Denver (C-14) 

USS Denver (C-14) was laid down on 28 June 1900 at Philadelphia, Pa., by the Neafie & Levy Co.;  launched on 21 June 1902; sponsored by Miss R. W. Wright, daughter of the mayor of Denver; and commissioned on 17 May 1904, Cmdr. Joseph B. Murdock in command.

Between 15 and 26 July 1904, USS Denver (C-14) visited Galveston, Tex., where she received a gift of silver service from the people of Denver. The cruiser sailed from Tompkinsville, N.Y., on 18 May 1907 for duty with the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the Philippines, sailing through the Mediterranean and Suez Canal to Cavite, where she arrived 1 August. USS Denver (C-14) visited ports in China, Manchuria, and Japan, and joined in the regular exercise schedule of the fleet until 1 January 1910, when she cleared Cavite for Mare Island.

For the next five years, USS Denver (C-14) operated off the west coast from San Francisco to the Canal Zone, patrolling the coasts of Nicaragua and Mexico to investigate and prevent threats to the lives and property of Americans during political disturbances, carrying stores and mail, evacuating refugees, and continuing the schedule of exercises which kept her ready for action. USS Denver (C-14) reported at New York 22 July 1917 for duty escorting merchant convoys out of New York and Norfolk to a mid-ocean meeting point where destroyers took over the task of convoying men and troops to ports in England and France.

USS Denver (C-14) ’s last ceremonial function was her participation in the ceremonies held at Havana (14-19 February 1929) to commemorate the sinking of USS Maine. She returned to Philadelphia on Christmas Day, 25 December, 1930, and was decommissioned there 14 February 1931.

For a complete history of USS Denver (C-14) please see its DANFS page.