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USS TACOMA (C 18/PG 32/CL 20)

CLASS - Denver
Displacement 3,200 Tons, Dimensions, 308' 6" (oa) x 44' x 17' 3" (Max)
Armament 10 x 5"/50, 8 x 6pdr, 2 x 1pdr.
Armor, 1 3/4" Sheilds, 2 1/2" Deck.
Machinery, 4,700 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 16.5 Knots, Crew 339.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 27 September 1900 by the Union Iron Works, Mare Island, CA
Launched 02 JUN 1903
Commissioned 30 JAN 1904
Reclassified on 07 JUL 1920 as PG 32
Reclassified on 08 AUG 1921 as CL 20
Ran aground on 16 JAN 1924 at Blanquilla Reef near Vera Cruz
Stricken on 07 FEB 1924
Fate: Sold to R. Sebastian of the American Consulate at Vera Cruz on 5 SEP 1924
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Cuban Pacification Medal
Second Row - Nicaraguan Campaign Medal - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ESCORT Clasp


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Tacoma 72k Port side, underway, date unknown. Mike Green/USNHC
Tacoma 72k Starboard side, underway, 1910. Chuck Munson
Tacoma
c1808
1.62m Stern view at Mare Island during commissioning, 20 January 1904. Darryl Baker
Tacoma
c1809
455k Starboard side view at Mare Island, 20 January 1904. Darryl Baker
Tacoma
c1806
471k Portside view while at anchor at Mare Island, 15 April 1904. Darryl Baker
Tacoma
c1807
561k Portside view while at anchor at Mare Island, 15 April 1904. Darryl Baker
Tacoma
c1810
121k

USS Tacoma (C 18) in 1905 at an unknown location.

Library of Congress,LC-D4-21892

Mike Green
Tacoma
c1803
81k Real Photo Post Card of USS Tacoma (C 18). The sailor wrote home to his mother and brother and mailed the card aboard ship, as there is a Postmark for USS Tacoma on Jan. 6, 1911. Robert M. Cieri
Tacoma
c1804
140k Real Photo Post Card of USS Tacoma (C 18). The sailor wrote home to his mother and brother and mailed the card aboard ship, as there is a Postmark for USS Tacoma on Jan. 6, 1911. Robert M. Cieri
Tacoma
c1805
189k Port side view in 1912, location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
Denver
c1407
848k USS Denver (C 14) and USS Tacoma (C 18) at Mare Island between 8/19/1919 and 1/10/1920. Darryl Baker

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Nicholson, Reginald Fairfax, CDR     01/30/1904 -
Smith, CDR     1906
Hood, John, CDR   RADM 1907 - 06/07/1909
Niblack, Albert Parker, CDR 1880 VADM 06/08/1909
Davis, Archibald Hilliard, CDR 1887   05/10/1910
Twining, Nathan Cook, CAPT   RADM ~1914
Holmes, Ralston Smith, LT 1903 RADM 01/10/1915 - 01/16/1915
Johnson, Alfred Wilkinson, CAPT   VADM 02/04/1921 -
Sparrow, H. G., CAPT     ~1923

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


View USS Tacoma (C 18) Library of Congress Images
USS TACOMA (C 18/PG 32/CL 20) 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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