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USS TENNESSEE - MEMPHIS (Armored Cruiser No. 10/CA 10)

CLASS - TENNESSEE
Displacement 14,500 Tons, Dimensions, 504' 5" (oa) x 72' 11" x 27' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 10"/40, 16 x 6"/50 22 x 3"/50, 12 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr, 4 x 21" tt.
Armor, 5" Belt, 9" Turrets, 4" Deck, 9" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 23,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 22 Knots, Crew 856.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 20 JUN 1903 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Launched 3 DEC 1904
Commissioned 16 JUL 1906
On the afternoon of 29 AUG, while at anchor in the harbor of San Domingo,
MEMPHIS was driven ashore by an unexpected tidal wave and totally wrecked.
The casualties, including a boatload of MEMPHIS sailors returning from shore leave,
numbered some 40 men dead or missing and 204 badly injured.
Stricken 17 DEC 1917
Fate: Sold for scrap 17 JAN 1922

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212k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) date and place unknown. This photo from a collection called "California's Reception to the Fleet 1908". Darryl Baker
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294k Postcard with undated colorized image of Tennessee. Arnold Putnam
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The armoured cruiser USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) as completed with two military masts.

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Robert Hurst
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Starboard broadside view of the USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10), ca. 1906-1915, underway at an unknown location.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-22786

Mike Green
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USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) At anchor, circa 1907.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50093.

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Memphis 31k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) in drydock at the the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1907-1908, with men cleaning her underwater hull. Note the ship's bow decoration. Collection of Harry Gilfillan.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94025.

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Memphis 48k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) at anchor in 1909, soon after the adoption of all-grey paint for U.S. Navy ships.
Note that fancy scrollwork still decorates her bow. Donation of USS Parsons (DD 949), 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 86813.

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Memphis 84k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) at the the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1909-1910. Collection of Harry Gilfillan.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94000.

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Memphis 94k Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine -Ships tied up at the Navy Yard's waterfront, circa 1911-1912. At left is USS Wisconsin (BB 9), with her "cage" mainmast apparently being installed. Ship in the right center, with a five masted schooner alongside, is either USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) or USS Washington (Armored Cruiser No. 11). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Raymond Stone.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46553.

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Memphis 90k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) in New York Harbor during the October 1912 Naval review. Erie Railroad piers are visible in the left background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46216.

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Memphis 77k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) in New York Harbor, probably during the October 1912 Naval review. Photographed by E. Muller.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46215.

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738k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) in Dry Dock Number 2 at the Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine in 1913. In the background, on the right, you can see building 79, where I first started working at the Yard in June of 1979. Just off center in the back, the building with the white dot at the top is building 86. That is where the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War was signed in 1905.
Arnold Putnam
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744k Photo in the Dakota County Herald dated 03 December 1914 called 'Target For Turks' "Friendly" Shot. Michael Mohl
Memphis 76k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) seen from astern while in dry dock, circa 1914-1915. Note the ship's twin three-bladed propellers. Collection of Earl P. Crandall.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #100919.

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Memphis 60k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) coaling alongside USS Vulcan (AC 5) at Alexandria, Egypt, circa late 1914 or early 1915. Note the lateen-rigged sailboat at right. Collection of Earl P. Crandall.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 100920.

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362k A postcard showing refugees from Jaffa, Palestine disembarking from USS Tennessee in Alexandria, Egypt on 14 February 1915. Donated from the collection of Wesley F. Moore. Wesley F. Moore
Memphis 26k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) transiting the Panama Canal, circa 1915-1916, in tow of the tug Mariner. Note the dredge in the center background. Courtesy of Leonard R. Efrein, 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 76320.

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100k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This photo appears to have been taken soon after the actual incident as you can see many crewmembers on the decks waiting to be evacuated. Michael Barry
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89k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken during the late afternoon or early evening, as Memphis was being abandoned. Note water streaming from the ship's foredeck, and violent wave action around her bow. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46224.

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91k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916.
This view probably was taken during the late afternoon or early evening, as Memphis was being abandoned. Note water streaming from her decks. Men are visible atop her forward gun turret, at her port deck edge and on her bridge. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46225.

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81k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view was taken during the late afternoon or early evening, as Memphis was being abandoned. Note waves breaking over the ship's superstructure, and lines rigged between ship and shore. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46228.

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88k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken during the late afternoon or early evening, as Memphis was being abandoned. Note Sailors on the rocks in the center foreground. Other men are visible on the ship's superstructure. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46226.

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87k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken during the late afternoon or early evening, as Memphis was being abandoned. Note water streaming from the ship's superstructure, and the U.S. Ensign flying from her stern. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46220.

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83k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken during the late afternoon or early evening, as Memphis was being abandoned. Note water streaming from the ship's superstructure. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46221.

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Memphis 80k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken early on 30 August, as the ship appears to be abandoned. Note the anchor chain running seaward from her starboard bow.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 59921.

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78k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken early on 30 August, as the ship appears to be abandoned. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46219.

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87k USS Memphis Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken early on 30 August, as the ship appears to be abandoned. Note the lines running between the ship's superstructure and the shore. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46229.

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70k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken early on 30 August, as the ship appears to be abandoned. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46222.

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97k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken early on 30 August, as the ship appears to be abandoned. Note the U.S. Ensign hanging from the ship's stern where the flagstaff had broken away. The top of her rudder and propeller is also visible. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46227.

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72k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was thrown ashore by tidal waves on the afternoon of 29 August 1916. This view probably was taken early on 30 August, as the ship appears to be abandoned. Note the U.S. Ensign hanging from the ship's stern where the flagstaff had broken away, and the embarkation ladder hanging from the port side deck edge by the after gun turret. Photographed by the local U.S. Consul, Carl M.J. von Zeilinski.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46223.

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95k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) view on the ship's foredeck, looking aft. Photographed while she was being stripped of supplies and equipment, shortly after being wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 29 August 1916. Note anchor chains, forward ten-inch gun turret, windsails and ship's bell. Collection of LCdr. Abraham DeSomer, donated by Lieutenant Colonel R.H. DeSomer, USAF, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 82102.

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79k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) Wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was driven ashore by tidal waves on 29 August 1916. This photograph was taken during the early stages of salvage operations, as Sailors were working to remove the ship's guns, equipment and supplies. Note the walkway from shore to ship in the center of the view. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99954.

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98k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was driven ashore by tidal waves on 29 August 1916. This photograph was taken shortly afterwards, as the ship's guns, equipment and supplies were being removed. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99956.

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USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) seen from astern at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was wrecked by tidal waves on 29 August 1916. This photograph was taken shortly afterwards, as the ship's guns, equipment and supplies were being removed. Note the tips of Memphis' propeller blades above the water surface, and U.S. Ensign flying from her stern. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99957.

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61k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) wrecked at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she was driven ashore by tidal waves on 29 August 1916. This photograph was taken shortly afterwards, as the ship's guns, equipment and supplies were being removed. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99955.

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Memphis 254k On the rocks at Santo Domingo Harbor after being driven ashore from an unexpected tsunami on 29 August 1916. Note that most everything usable has been stripped from her. Jon Burdett
Memphis 174k On the rocks at Santo Domingo Harbor after being driven ashore from an unexpected tsunami on 29 August 1916. Jon Burdett
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49k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) View of the ship's wreck at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, circa mid-1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of guns, supplies and equipment. Note that the rear of her forward turret is missing, facilitating removal of its two ten-inch guns. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49910.

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Memphis 52k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) - View of the ship's wreck at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in July 1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of guns, supplies and equipment. Note walkway on cables leading from shore to the ship's boat deck and chute running out from theafter port main deck six-inch gun casemate. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49909.

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Memphis 50k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) - View of the ship's wreck at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 30 July 1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of guns, supplies and equipment. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49911.

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66k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) view of the ship's wreck at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, circa mid-1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of topside gear, guns and other supplies and equipment.
Note walkway on cables leading from shore to the ship's boat deck. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49908.

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Memphis 73k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) - View on the ship's after deck, looking forward, at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 30 July 1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of guns, supplies and equipment. Note the after ten-inch gun turret, with guns removed, in the center of the photograph. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 49913.

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71k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) view on the ship's boat deck, looking forward on the port side, at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in August 1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of guns, supplies and equipment. Note the port boat crane in the center of the photograph. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49914.

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Memphis 59k USS Memphis (Armored Cruiser No. 10) - View of the ship's wreck at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in August 1917. She had been cast ashore by a tidal wave on 29 August 1916, and by this time had been largely stripped of guns, supplies and equipment. Collection of John G. Krieger, 1967. He was serving in USS Eagle when the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49915.

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Memphis 107k USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) - Ship's bow decoration on display in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee, where it was erected as a monument. This large decoration was removed from the ship in about 1909. Courtesy of Milton von Mann, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 67887.

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179k The USS Tennessee / Memphis bow decoration. It is in a very nice section of Centennial Park across the street from Vanderbilt University. Tim Lawson
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139k The USS Tennessee / Memphis bow decoration. It is in a very nice section of Centennial Park across the street from Vanderbilt University. Tim Lawson
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  Starboard quarter view of a model of the USS Tennessee at the Tennesse Military Museum in Nashville, TN. Larry Lee
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  Stern view of a model of the USS Tennessee at the Tennesse Military Museum in Nashville, TN. Larry Lee

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Berry, Albert Gleaves, CAPT 1869   07/17/1906 - 10/19/1907
Howard, Thomas Benton, CAPT 1873 RADM 10/19/1907 - 07/09/1908
Fiske, Bradley Allen, CAPT 1874 RADM 07/09/1908
Dismukes, Douglas Eugene, LCDR 1890   08/05/1910 - 08/25/1910
Knapp, Harry Shepard, CAPT 1878 VADM 08/25/1910
Field, Harry Ashby, CAPT 1883 RADM 04/18/1912 - 08/03/1913
Kavanagh, Arthur Glynn, LCDR 1894   08/03/1913 - 11/05/1913
Selfridge, Duncan Ingraham, LT 1905   11/05/1913 - 12/12/1913
Fischer, Charles Hermann, LCDR 1899   12/12/1913 - 01/08/1914
Kaiser, Louis Anthony, CDR 1889   01/08/1914 - 05/06/1914
Patton, John Bryson, CDR 1889   05/06/1914 - 1914
Decker, Benton Clark, CAPT 1887   08/05/1914 - 12/24/1915
Beach Sr., Edward Latimer, CAPT 1888   12/24/1915 - 08/29/1916

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


USS TENNESSEE - MEMPHIS (Armored Cruiser No. 10) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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