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Displacement 7,375 Tons, Dimensions, 413' 1" (oa) x 58' 2" x 25' 7" (Max)
Armament 1 x 8"/40, 2 x 6"/40, 8 x 4"/40 12 x 6pdr, 4 x 1pdr, 4 x 14" tt..
Armor, 4" Shields, 4" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 21,000 IHP; 3 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 3 screws
Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 477.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 30 DEC 1890 by William Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA
Launched 26 JUL 1892
Commissioned 23 APR 1894
Decommissioned 13 MAY 1897
Commissioned 15 MAR 1898
Decommissioned 31 MAR 1899
Commissioned 31 AUG 1902
Decommissioned 3 MAY 1907
Commissioned 22 JUN 1915
Reclassified on 17 JUL 1920 as CA 16
Decommissioned 29 JUN 1921
Renamed Old Columbia 17 NOV 1921
Stricken 26 JAN 1922
Sold 21 JUN 1922
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3)
Second Row - Spanish Campaign Medal - Cuban Pacification Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ATLANTIC FLEET Clasp

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Columbia 25k Port side view, Undated USN
Columbia 25k Port bow view, Undated USN
Columbia 93k

USS Columbia (C 12) At anchor, during the 1890s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #55292 .

157k USS Columbia (C 12) circa 1890’s.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Publishing Company via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Bill Gonyo
Columbia 96k

USS Columbia (C 12) Running trials in 1893, before she received her guns.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #66297.

Columbia 108k

USS Columbia (C 12) In icy water off Norfolk, Virginia, January 1895. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #55289.

Columbia 68k Starboard quarter view, 1895. Fred Weiss
Columbia 68k USS Columbia at League Island ca. 1895. Colin P. Varga - PAHRC
Columbia 118k

USS Columbia (C 12) Photograph taken in 1898 and printed on a stereograph card. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #82657 .

Columbia 98k

USS Columbia (C 12) Photographed during the Spanish-American War, 1898. Courtesy of John S. Rowe.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #55286.

Columbia 60k USS Columbia (C 12) Saluting during the naval review, off New York City, August 1898. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #55287. USNHC
Columbia 85k

USS Columbia (C 12) Laid up during the early 1900s. This photograph is printed on a stereograph card. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #82658.


USS Columbia (C 12) in Brooklyn Navy Yard ca. 1904.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-21836

Mike Green
1.1m From right to left are the decommissioned ships Katahdin, Columbia (C 12), and Minneapolis (C 13) moored at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa. circa 1907. Ron Reeves
99k Postcard, circa 1910. Tommy Trampp
Columbia 116k

Burgess-Dunne AH-7 seaplane Flying just over the water off Pensacola, Florida, in March 1916. USS Columbia (C 12) is anchored in the right background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 2243.

Fred Weiss
Columbia 127k

USS Columbia (C 12, later CA 16) Off Balboa, Panama, with other ships of the fleet, after World War I. Note the 13-star "boat" flag on the launch in the foreground, and 48-star flag flown by the ship.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #75370.

Columbia 91k

USS Columbia (C 12) In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 1920.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #55293.

Columbia 71k

USS Columbia (C 12, later CA 16) Off San Diego, California, circa 1919-1921. Donation of the International Aerospace Hall of Fame, San Diego, 1978.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #88497 .

Columbia 68k

U.S. Navy warships awaiting scrapping, 1922 - Probably photographed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
USS Maine (BB 10) is at right, down at the head with her side armor removed. USS Wisconsin (BB 9) is in the center. USS Old Columbia, ex-Columbia (CA 16) is toward the left, with a merchant ship alongside. Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1986.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 100762 .

749k I had to take a training class at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock, Bethesda, MD. The office of the Curator of Navy Ship Models is located at NSWC Carderock, and they had a beautiful model of Columbia (C 12) on display in a huge display case in Building 40. Daniel Treadwell
943k Daniel Treadwell
811k Daniel Treadwell
581k Daniel Treadwell
988k Daniel Treadwell
970k Daniel Treadwell
964k Daniel Treadwell
1m Daniel Treadwell
980k Daniel Treadwell

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Sumner, G. W., CAPT 1862   04/23/1894 - 09/10/1895
Sands, James Hoban, CAPT 1864 RADM 09/10/1895 -
Jewell, Theodore Frelinghuysen, CAPT 1865   04/10/1897 - 05/13/1897
Decommissioned     05/13/1897 - 03/15/1898
Moore, John Henry, LCDR 1869   03/15/1898 - 03/31/1899
Decommissioned     03/31/1899 - 08/31/1902
Snow, Albert Sidney, CAPT 1865   08/31/1902 -
Miller, James Madison, CAPT 1867   11/09/1903 -

Bleecker, John Van Benthuysen, CAPT

1867   05/22/1906 - 05/23/1907
Decommissioned     05/03/1907 - 06/22/1915
Stirling Jr., Yates, CDR 1892 RADM 06/22/1915 -
McLean, Ridley, CAPT 1894 RADM 12/02/1916 - 08/16/1917
Upham, Frank Brooks, CDR 1893 RADM 08/16/1917 -
Hellweg, Julius Frederick., CDR 1900 RADM 06/06/1919 - 07/12/1921
Wells, William Benefiel, CAPT 1898   07/10/1920 - 05/29/1921
Taussig, Joseph Knefler, CAPT 1899 VADM 05/29/1921 - 06/29/1921

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

USS COLUMBIA (C 12/CA 16) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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