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USS BIRMINGHAM Scout Cruiser 2 / (CL 2)

CLASS - CHESTER
Displacement 3,750 Tons, Dimensions, 423' 1" (oa) x 47' 1" x 19' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/50, 6 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt.
Armor, 2" Belt.
Machinery, 15,670 IHP; 2, Vertical Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 24.33 (trial) Knots, Crew 356.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA
Launched 29 MAY 1907
Commissioned 11 APR 1908
Decommissioned 30 JUN 1911
Recommissioned 15 DEC 1911
Decommissioned 20 APR 1912
Commissioned 19 MAY 1912
Decommissioned 11 JUL 1912
Recommissioned 01 OCT 1913
Reclassified CL 2 17 JUL 1920
Decommissioned 1 DEC 1923
Fate: Sold for scrap 13 MAY 1930

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ESCORT Clasp


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Birmingham
0400205
132k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) Running sea trials in March 1908. She is flying the flag of her builder, the Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Massachusetts, from her mainmast.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 56390.

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Birmingham
0400206
98k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) Underway in 1908, possibly during trials.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 56392.

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Birmingham
0400202
101k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) Dressed with flags while at anchor, circa 1909. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 101517.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Birmingham
0400212
72k

A floating crane lifts Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane onto USS Birmingham (CS 2), at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, shortly before the flight. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77549.

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Birmingham
0400213
69k

A floating crane places Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane on board USS Birmingham (CS 2). Photographed at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, shortly before the flight. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77550.

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Birmingham
0400214
85k

Sailors and civilians crowd around Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane as a floating crane places it on board USS Birmingham (CS 2). Photographed at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, shortly before the flight. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77562.

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Birmingham
0400215
109k

Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane on the takeoff platform of USS Birmingham (CS 2), just after it was hoisted aboard by a floating crane. Photograph taken at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, shortly before the flight.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98131.

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Birmingham
0400216
83k

Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane rests on the flying-off platform built over the foredeck of USS Birmingham (CS 2). Photograph taken at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, shortly before the flight. The floating crane that had lifted the airplane onto the ship is visible at the extreme left. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77551.

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Birmingham
0400217
72k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) steams downriver from the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, with Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane on board, at about midday on 14 November 1910. Ely and his plane made their historic flight later that afternoon. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77554.

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Birmingham
0400218
64k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) bound for Hampton Roads, after leaving the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, with Eugene B. Ely's Curtiss pusher airplane on board, 14 November 1910. Ely took his plane off from Birmingham later that afternoon.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 1831.

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Birmingham
0400219
48k

Eugene B. Ely flies his Curtiss pusher airplane off the deck of USS Birmingham (CS 2), in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during the afternoon of 14 November 1910. USS Roe (DD 24) is visible beyond Birmingham's bow, acting as plane guard. Note that Birmingham's anchor is in the process of being hoisted. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77563.

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Birmingham
0400220
59k

Eugene B. Ely takes his Curtiss pusher airplane off from the deck of USS Birmingham (CS 2), in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during the afternoon of 14 November 1910. USS Roe (DD 24), serving as plane guard, is visible in the background. Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 76511.

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Birmingham
maine16
109k

The flag-draped caskets of the victims of the USS Maine explosion are brought ashore at the Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia, from USS Birmingham (CS 2), 23 March 1912.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 1690.

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Birmingham
0400221
102k

Port bow view while participating in the Naval Review, 12 October 1912. Part of the National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress #LC-DIG-npcc-32744

Tom Kermen
Birmingham
0400201
75k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) during the 1912 Naval Review.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 61899.

Mike Green/USNHC
Birmingham
0400223
941k

Naval recruits at the Newport Naval Training Station lined up for inspection. The scout cruiser USS Birmingham (CS 2) can be seen in the background.

Photo by Underwood and Underwood.

Robert Hurst
Birmingham
0400203
74k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) In Brest harbor, France, on 15 October 1918. During 1917-1918 she was flagship of U.S. Forces at Gibraltar and escorted convoys in the eastern Atlantic. Note her "dazzle" camouflage. Courtesy of John G. Krieger, 1966-1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 56393.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Birmingham
0400207
145k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) Moored in a harbor, circa 1918, probably in the Mediterranean area. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 68227.

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Birmingham
0400222
280k Starboard side view while underway, location unknown but possibly with the Pacific Fleet in 1919. Robert M. Cieri
Birmingham
0400208
54k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) At Boston, Massachusetts, 20 February 1919. Photographed by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, 11 Portland St., Boston, Mass. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Crosby Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 98132.

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Birmingham
0400204
132k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) In the Middle West Chamber, Gatun Locks, during the passage of the Pacific Fleet through the Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 75717.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Birmingham
0400209
76k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) At Seattle, Washington, in September 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 56394.

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Birmingham
0400210
76k

USS Birmingham (CS 2) At anchor in San Diego Harbor, California, circa late 1919 or early 1920, when she was flagship of Destroyer Squadron Four. Note the pair of World War I "Overseas Service" chevrons painted on her forward smokestack.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 102784-B.

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Birmingham
0512701
102k

USS Birmingham (CL 2) Leading destroyers out of a West Coast harbor (probably San Diego), circa 1919-1922. The ships directly behind her are USS Twiggs (DD 127) and USS Chauncey (DD 296). Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 69510.

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Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Walling, Burns Tracy., CDR     04/11/1908 - 10/28/1909
Fletcher, William Bartlett, CDR     10/28/1909 - 06/27/1911
Decommissioned     06/30/1911 - 12/15/1911
Hughes, Charles Frederick, CDR   RADM 12/15/1911 - 04/20/1912
Decommissioned     04/20/1912 - 05/19/1912
Whitlock, Guy, LT (First Tour)     05/19/1912 - 07/11/1912
Decommissioned     07/11/1912 - 10/01/1913
Whitlock, Guy, LT (2nd Tour)     10/01/1913 -
Hussey, Charles Lincoln, CAPT   RADM 11/05/1914
Pratt, William Veazie, CAPT   ADM 09/12/1914 - 01/1915
Sellers, David Foote, CDR   ADM 01/01/1915 - 06/09/1916
Blamer, DeWitt, CAPT     06/09/1916 - 11/1916
Evans, Franck Taylor, CDR 1898   04/28/1919 - 11/22/1920
Landenberger, George Bertram, CAPT 1900   11/22/1920
Castleman, Kenneth Galleher, CDR     11/22/1921 - 01/12/1923

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS BIRMINGHAM Scout Cruiser 2/(CL 2) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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