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USS ST. LOUIS (C 20/CA 18)

Displacement 9,700 Tons, Dimensions, 426' 6" (oa) x 66' x 25' 6" (Max)
Armament 14 x 6"/50, 18 x 3"/50
Armor, 4" Belt, 4" Shields, 3" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 21,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 22 Knots, Crew 670.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 21 JUL 1902 at Neafie & Levy Co., Philadelphia, PA
Launched 06 MAY 1905
Commissioned 18 AUG 1906
Decommissioned 03 MAY 1910
Commissioned 07 OCT 1911
Assigned to Oregon Naval Militia 14 JUL 1912
Designated as Receiving Ship 27 APR 1914
Decommissioned 17 FEB 1916
Commissioned 10 JUL 1916
Assigned as Submarine Tender 29 JUL 1916
Reclassified CA 18 on 17 JUL 1920
Decommissioned 03 MAR 1922
Stricken 20 MAR 1930
Fate: Sold for scrap on 13 AUG 1930 in accordance with the provisions of the London Treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War 1 Victory Medal w/Escort Clasp

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73k Port bow view while anchored, date and location unknown. Mike Hughes
227k USS St. Louis (C 20) date and place unknown. This photo from a collection called "California's Reception to the Fleet 1908". Darryl Baker
136k Caption from back of photo: "A gun crew at drill. X is Pointer. XX is Trainer. Weight of projectile alone without powder , 62 pounds." Tommy Trampp
2.13m Getting underway, possibly at Philadelphia in late 1906. Darryl Baker
2.16m Getting underway, possibly at Philadelphia in late 1906. Darryl Baker
Raleigh 67k

USS Saint Louis (C 20) Photographed circa 1906-07, soon after completion.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 44192.

Raleigh 64k

USS Saint Louis (C 20) Photographed circa 1907. Collection of Rear Admiral B.F. Hutchison; Courtesy of Mrs. Worth Sprunt, 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 81435.


"Liege" Valet to Captain Albert Gleaves, USN, Commanding Officer of USS Saint Louis (C 20), circa 1909. He is standing by one of the ship's 6"/50 guns. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation; Collection of Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #NH 83564.

Robert Hurst
St. Louis 62k

USS Saint Louis (C 20) Off San Francisco, California, circa 1909-1916. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 63587.

Raleigh 60k

USS Raleigh (C 8), USS Oregon (BB 3) and USS Saint Louis (C 20) Moored together at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1913. Saint Louis is being repainted. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 78279.

National Archives
1.74m USS St. Louis (C 20) at Goat Island (San Francisco Bay) with USS Pensacola in the background. Darryl Baker
295k USS St. Louis (C 20) in dry dock, Panama, about 1916. Robert Hurst
Raleigh 72k

Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 14 September 1917.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50115.

Raleigh 59k

USS Saint Louis (C 20) Photographed in September 1918, in wartime camouflage paint.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 2800.

Raleigh 73k

USS Saint Louis (C 20) Halftoned photograph, showing the ship in her World War I camouflage. Note numerous wartime modifications to her 6-inch gun battery, rig and superstructure.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 90775.


USS St. Louis (C 20) in port, circa 1919. Probably photographed by J.C. Crosby, Boston, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Crosby Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 105324 .

Robert Hurst
BB-11 Missouri 69

Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Older warships in the Reserve Basin, 18 November 1919, as seen by a Philadelphia Evening Ledger photographer. Ships are (front row, left to right): USS Missouri (BB 11); one Connecticut class battleship; USS Michigan (BB 27); and USS Saint Louis (C 20). Those in the back row are (left to right): USS Maine (BB 10); USS Kentucky (BB 6); USS Kearsarge (BB 5); USS Indiana (BB 1); USS Massachusetts (BB 2); USS Iowa (BB 4); USS Wisconsin (BB 9); and USS Illinois (BB 7).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 42525.


Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Usher, Nathaniel Reilly, CAPT 1875 RADM 08/18/1906 - 04/04/1908
Hutchinson, Benjamin F., LCDR     04/04/1908 - 04/21/1908
Gleaves, William, CDR 1877   04/21/1908 - 11/0-5/1909
Pratt, William Veazie, LCDR 1889 ADM 11/05/1909 - 04/02/1910
Pettengill, George T., LT     04/02/1910 - 05/03/1910
Decommissioned     05/03/1910 - 10/07/1911
Whitehead, Walter Ernest, LT     04/05/1911 - 03/18/1912
Cook, Merlyn G., LT     03/18/1912 - 01/17/1915
Houston, Victor Stuart, LCDR     01/17/1915 - 04/29/1917
Decommissioned     02/17/1916 - 07/10/1916
Trench, Martin Edward, CAPT 1893   04/29/1917 - 10/14/1917
Evans, Waldo, CAPT     10/14/1917 - 07/13/1918
Bronson, Jr., Amon, CAPT     07/13/1918 - 09/06/1918
Lincoln, Gatewood Sanders, CAPT 1896   09/06/1918 - 10/07/1919
Theleen, David Elias, CAPT 1897   10/07/1919 - 05/07/1921
Leahy, William D., CAPT     05/31/1921 - 03/03/1022

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

USS ST. LOUIS (C 20/CA 18) 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

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Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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