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BB-3 USS OREGON
1891 - 1897


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Indiana Class Battleship: Displacement 10,288 Tons, Dimensions, 351' 2" (oa) x 69' 3" x 27' 2" (Max), Armament 4 x 13"/35 8 x 8"/35, 4 x 6"/30, 4 x 18"tt, Armor, 18" Belt, 15" Turrets, 3" Decks, 10" Conning Tower. Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 vertical, inverted, triple expansion engines, 2 screws; Speed, 15 Knots, Crew 473.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., on November 19 1891. Launched October 26 1893; Commissioned July 15 1896, Decommissioned April 27 1906, Recommissioned August 29 1911, Decommissioned June 12 1919, Recommissioned August 21 1919, Decommissioned October 4 1919; Stricken November 22 1920. Demilitarized and Loaned as Museum to the State of Oregon, January 4 1924; Stricken November 2 1942. Sold for scrap, December 7 1942. Reacquired by Navy and stripped to main deck, September 1943. Reclassified IX-22 and used as ammunition Barge.
Fate: Hulk sold for scrap, March 15 1956, and broken up in Kawasaki, Japan.

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THE GREAT EXPOSITION 865k THE GREAT EXPOSITION.
Instead of arranging the exhibit of the navy department in a hall, it will be put in a structure resembling in every detail a coast line battle ship, like the Indiana (BB-01), the Massachusetts (BB-02) or the Oregon (BB-03), now building.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Ohio Democrat. (Logan, O. [Ohio]) 1886-1906, 09 May 1891, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.35kLAUNCHED ON THE BILLOWS, OREGON (BB-03) HER NAME. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 27 October 1893, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 195k The sinking of the British battleship Victoria, a model of which was exhibited in the Transportation Building, gave a melancholy but not less eager interest to the United States marine exhibit at the northern pier, where a ship of war modeled on the latest patterns adopted by the Navy Department, was exposed to the closest public scrutiny and study.
The engraving shows the structure of brick, built on the bottom of the lake, and simulating a man-of-war, which was conceived by Commodore R. W. Meade, and furnished with all the implements of human slaughter.
Thus built, it was a full-sized model, above water-line, of the ten thousand three hundred ton coast-line battleships Indian (BB-01), Massachusetts (BB-02), and Oregon (BB-03) of our navy, and if no mistake be made, the creation of such a ship in Lake Michigan in reality would violate a treaty with Great Britain.
The principal guns seen on this vessel were of wood, but there were enough machines on board which were genuine to destroy almost anything of ordinary resisting power that might be within a distance of three miles. A nearer view of the upper deck and search light is shown on another page.
Among the real guns on board were four six-inch rifled breech-loaders; twenty six-pounders; six one-pounders, two Gatlings and six torpedo guns.
The interior was a museum of war, in which a student might be kept busy for months. The length was over three hundred and forty-eight feet; greatest width, sixty-nine feet; conning tower, seventy-six feet high. Designer, Frank W. Grogan. Cost, $100,000.
Courtesy of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago. Contributed by Pavel Khozhainov.
BB-3 Oregon142k Invitation to the Christening of the Oregon (BB-03), 26 October 1893 at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA. Courtesy of Walter Nasmyth QM 3/c USS LST 19.
BB-3 Oregon3.99kTHE BATTLE-SHIP OREGON (BB-03) AS SHE WILL APPEAR WHEN READY FOR SERVICE
PRIZES FOR BOY READERS OF "THE CALL."
Boys, the above picture shows what the new battleship Oregon will look like when she is ready for sea. She is to be launched tha latter part of Ootober and "will be one of the most powerful men-of-war afloat.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 25 April 1895, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon74kCaptain Henry L. Howison became the first Commanding Officer of the new battleship Oregon (BB-03), at that time was the Navy's most important west coast warship. USNHC photo # NH 66247 courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-3 Oregon398k The outboard profile and plan view of the battleship Oregon (BB-03). This 1893 drawing of the Oregon illustrates the considerable amount of ordnance built into this relatively small battleship. Thirteen inch guns are in the centerline turrets, with pairs of 8-inch intermediate guns in four wing turrets. A centerline bridge connects the fore and after bridge, and lateral skids project outboard form the centerline bridge to accommodate the ship's boats and arcs of fire for her guns.Text courtesy of the USNHC, photo # NH 76619.
Photo courtesy of Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, collection of Robb Jensen.
BB-3 Oregon104kOregon (BB-03) circa (1893-1896), fitting out at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco.Randy Kimes/USN photo.
BB-3 Oregon3.76kCLOTHING THE BIG BATTLE-SHIP.
THE OREGON'S (BB-03) HARVEYIZED NICKEL EIGHTEEN-INCH STEEL PLATES ARE ALMOST INVULNERABLE.
Small Slabs of Blue-Gray Metal That Will Shield the Gunners.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 21 February 1895, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.58kTHE BATTLE-SHIP OREGON (BB-03)
Her Metal Compared With That of the Other Pacific Vessels.
A PONDEROUS MASS OF STEEL.
She Will Take Her Place With the Fighters Early Next Year.
THE BATTLE-SHIP OREGON TOWING TO HUNTERS DEYDOCK.[Sketched by a "Call staff artist.]
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 25 April 1895, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.94k PLACING A GUN IN THE AFTER TURRETImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 January 1896, Image 19 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.75kThe launch of the Oregon (BB-03), by H. B. Hosmer.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 January 1896, Image 15 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.80kThe Line-of-Battle Ship Oregon (BB-03) That Is to Uphold the Credit of the American Navy. She Is Now at the Union Iron Works, but Will Be Ready for Her Builders' Trial Trip in a Few Days.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 March 1896, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon4.10kThe Battle-Ship Oregon (BB-03) as She Appeared by Moonlight When Being Towed Into the Drydock at Hunters Point Last Night. The Operation Was an Extremely Delicate One, the Available Opportunity of High Tide Being Scant, and There Being Only About Six Inches Leeway on Either Side of the Costly Vessel. Had She "Jammed" in Transit Experts Say a Loss of Millions Would Have Resulted.: The Docking Was Cleverly Effected. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 27 April 1896, Image 14, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon 3.88k THE OREGON (BB-03) IS READY FOR WAR
The Big Battle-Ship Is Floated in Full Equipment.
The Battle-Ship Being Hauled Out of the Drydock Shortly After Midnight This Morning
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 30 April 1896, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.2.57kTHE OREGON (BB-03) AS SHE WAS MAKING OVER TWELVE KNOTS AN HOUR ON HER PRELIMINARY TRIAL IN THE BAY.
THREW FOAM AND SPRAY AHEAD.

First Real Trial of the Great Battle Ship Oregon.
With Her Engines at Half Power She Exceeded All Expectations.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 07 May 1896, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.19kHOME-COMING OF THE PACEMAKER OREGON (BB-03)
How the Big "White Queen" of the Navy Triumphantly Returned With Her Great Record.
GRAND MARINE PARADE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Greeted With Honors by the Waiting Fleet — In the Swell She Made the Ships Bowed Proudly to Her, An International Salute.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 17 May 1896, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon78kLCDR. Franklin Jeremiah Drake was detached from Albatross in 1896 and reported aboard the new battleship Oregon (BB-03) in June 1896 as her executive officer. He remained aboard Oregon from her commissioning in July 1896 until 22 August 1897, and was credited with the training and development of the fighting efficiency of her crew that in 1898 allowed her to make her famous voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea and perform with great success in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.Image from the book "The life of the late Rear-Admiral John Drake Sloat", courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-3 Oregon3.39kThe Line-of-Battle Ship Oregon (BB-03) Broke a-Drift Yesterday Morning and Made Her Way Through the Mission Bay Fleet. She Brought Up Within 150 Feet of Packard Rock, and Was in Collision With the Schooner Halcyon. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 08 July 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon62kOregon (BB-03) in dry dock at in Bemerton, Washington, 1896. USN / USNI photo.
BB-3 Oregon3.26kOne of the Battle-Ship Oregon's (BB-03) Boats in Tow of a Launch Was Run Down and Sunk by the Barge Orient Yesterday. The Barge Was in Tow of the Stern-Wheeler Alvira and Was Bound for Mission Bay. The Four Men in the Man-of-War's Boat Were RescuedImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 23 September 1896, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.84kWHAT'S IN THE NAME OF A SHIP?
Four "Oregon's" Are Now in the Port of San Francisco. The Battle-Ship, a Steamer and Also a Bark and Small Sloop
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 14 November 1896, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.94kLOST AN ANCHOR OFF SAUSALITO
One of the Oregon's (BB-03) Hooks Fast in Richardson's Bay Mud.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 28 November 1896, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.91kHER ANCHOR IS AGAIN ABOARD
Several Days Ago the Battle-Ship Oregon (BB-03) Lost an Anchor and Two Tons of Chain in Richardsons Bay. The Above Picture Shows the Wrecker Whitelaw, Which Recovered the Articles, Putting the Same Back on the Port Bow of the Warship.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 02 December 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon540k Boxing match on the Oregon (BB-03), 1897. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company photo courtesy of Bob Tyson.
BB-3 Oregon726kOregon (BB-03), breech of 13-inch guns in after turret, between 1896 - 1901. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14616v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon4.02kThe United States Battle-Ship Oregon (BB-03) Getting Ready for a Hurried Cruise Along the Southern Coast. Coal-Laden Scows, "Water-Boats and Steam-Launches With the Ship's Boats in Tow Have Been Coming and Going for Several Days. Provisions for a Long Run Have Been Put Aboard and the Chances Are That the Oregon Will Be Away Some Time. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 14 January 1897, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.71kFinish of the Great Annual Race Between the Crews Selected From Divisions 1 and 2 of the Naval Battalion. The Contest Was Stubbornly Fought, but Division 2 Lost Five Lengths on the Turn and Could Not Make It Up.
Races between the Oregon (BB-03) & the monitor Comanche
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 23 February 1897, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon 3.59k The Battleship Oregon (BB-03), the "Queen of the Navy / Which Has Been Ordered to Honolulu Because of the Bellicose Attitude of Japan. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 13 July 1897, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon 584k BIG BATTLESHIP AND FIGHTING ADMIRAL.
A Splendid Object Lesson to Japan.
THE GIANT BATTLESHIP OREGON (BB-03) THAT IS SPEEDING TO HAWAII.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald.( (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 25 July 1897, Part Three, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine1.80kFLEET MANEUVERS-1897
IN BATTLE ARRAY
The September Evolutions of the North Atlantic Squadron.
Indiana (BB-01), Texas, Iowa (BB-04), Massachusetts (BB-02) & Maine.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 28 August 1897, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.32kFORSOOK THE SHIP FOR A DRILL ASHORE
Three Hundred Men in Blue From the Oregon (BB-03) in Mimic Warfare on Lombard-Street Wharf.
First Battalion Drill of the Crew of the Big White Battle-Ship — It Caused Much Comment and Speculation Among the Frequenters Along the Water Front.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 09 October 1897, Image 1 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon 2.98k OREGON'S (BB-03) CREW AT BOAT DRILL
All the Cutters on the Battle-Ship Oregon Were in Use Yesterday. The Men Were Given a Boat Drill and All of Them Did Remarkably Well. It Was the First Drill of the Kind Ever Seen on the Bay of San Francisco.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 21 October 1897, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon1.00kBroadside view at anchor. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
BB-3 Oregon351k"Berth deck cooks, Oregon (BB-03)". Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of Shorpy.com via Dick Carter & Fabio Peña.
BB-3 Oregon768kOregon (BB-03) under glass.
As the model appears at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock, Bethesda, MD.
Photo courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Photo added 12/03/13.

Additional Oregon Images
23 General Views Of Oregon From The Library Of Congress Server.
19 Crew Images Of Oregon From The Library Of Congress Server.
14 Interior Views Of Oregon From The Library Of Congress Server.
12 Battle Of Santiago Images From The Library Of Congress Server.

USS OREGON BB-3 History
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