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USS MILWAUKEE (C 21)

CLASS - ST. LOUIS
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 30 JULY 1902 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
Launched 10 SEP 1904
Commissioned 10 DEC 1906
Decommissioned 03 MAY 1910
Commissioned 17 JUN 1913
Stranded at Samoa Beach off Eureka, CA 13 JAN 1917.
Decommissioned 6 MAR 1917
Stricken 23 JUN 1919
Fate: Sold as scrap on 5 AUG 1919.

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Milwaukee 148k

The main engines of USS Milwaukee (C 21), photographed prior to installation, at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, in December 1904. These two engines produced a total of 21,000 horsepower. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1971. The original print is in the Union Iron Works scrapbook, Volume II, page 178.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 75177.

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Milwaukee 82k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Running machinery trials, circa 1906, prior to the installation of her guns.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 66731.

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Milwaukee 108k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) On trials in San Francisco Bay, California, circa 1906. The quarantine ship Omaha is partially visible in the right distance. Courtesy of Mrs. Worth Sprunt, 1974, from the Collection of Rear Admiral B.F. Hutchison, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 81436.

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Milwaukee 80k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa late 1907. The cruiser moored in the stream at right is either USS Cincinnati (C 7) or USS Raleigh (C 8), both of which were placed out of commission at Mare Island in October 1907. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Radio Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99356.

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Milwaukee 94k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) In port, probably at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1907. USS Buffalo is partially visible at right. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Radio Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99355.

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Milwaukee 91k

Three cruisers at the Mare Island Navy Yard, circa late 1907. USS Milwaukee (C 21) is tied up along the seawall, at left, with (probably) USS South Dakota (ACR 9) tied up outboard of her. The ship in the stream is probably USS California (ACR 6). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Radio Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99357.

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Milwaukee 100k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Photographed circa 1906-1908.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 63592.

Mike Green/USNHC
Milwaukee 73k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) At the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1908. Photographed by O.T. Frasch. Despite the inscription on the original postal card, this ship is definitely not USS St. Louis (C 20). Donated by USS Parsons (DD 949), 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 86811.

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This is the picture of my father's uncle, Edward Saunders. He sent my great-grandmother a post card about going to the World's Fair with his new bride. The postcard is dated September 26, 1909. In the postcard it says that he and his friends called themselves the Glad Bunch. (Two other shipmates are pictured.) . Lillie Lindsay
Milwaukee 83k In Drydock #2, Puget Sound Naval Yard. June 1, 1913. USN
Milwaukee 101k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) In drydock at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46135

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Milwaukee 48k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Off San Francisco, California, circa 1915. Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (Medical Corps), 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46134.

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Milwaukee 60k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) In San Francisco Bay, California, circa 1915. Collection of P.S. Crawley, donated by Francis T. Crawley.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 99354.

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Milwaukee 110k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) 3"/50 gun battery on the port side of the ship's upper deck, at frame numbers 29 to 32. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46143.

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Milwaukee 95k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) 3"/50 gun on the port side of the ship's upper deck, at frame numbers 29 to 32. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the Navy Yard buildings in the background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46148.

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Milwaukee 85k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Foundry on the ship's upperdeck, amidships at frame numbers 58 to 64. View looks aft. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the corrogated iron sides and roof of this structure.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46144.

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Milwaukee 119k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Interior of the foundry located on the ship's upper deck, amidships at frame numbers 58 to 64. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the corrogated iron sides and roof of this structure, and its wooden frame work.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46145.

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Milwaukee 126k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Storeroom located on the ship's main deck, amidships between frame numbers 57 and 64. View looks athwartships. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the steel mesh surrounding this space, and the six-inch projectile rack at right.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46146.

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Milwaukee 126k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Storeroom on the ship's port side main deck, between frame numbers 72 and 84, looking aft. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the steel stock stowed in a rack inside the space.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46138.

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Milwaukee 107k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Storeroom on the ship's starboard side main deck, between frame numbers 72 and 84, looking aft. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46139.

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Milwaukee 91k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Carpenter shop on the starboard side of the gun deck, at frame numbers 12 to 27. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the electric drill press at left.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46142.

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Milwaukee 125k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Machine shop on the starboard side of the gun deck, at frame numbers 27 to 35. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the planing machine in the foreground, and leather power transmission belts.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46141.

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Milwaukee 105k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Machine shop located on the port side of the ship's gun deck, at frame numbers 27 to 38. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46147.

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Milwaukee 119k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Ship's pay office, located on the starboard side of her berth deck at frame numbers 90 to 94. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note differing style of chairs, wire document baskets, leather waste paper recepticle and fancy light fixture.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46137.

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Milwaukee 102k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Ship's dental office, located on the port side of the berth deck at frame numbers 15 to 20. Photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 April 1916. Note the dental treatment chair in the foreground, and the electric fan on the desk in the left background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46140.

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Milwaukee 78k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) Underway off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 29 April 1916.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46136.

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Milwaukee 85k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) stranded at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917, as crewmen are brought ashore by breeches buoy. The ship appears to be valving steam from her after two smokestacks. Note the size of the tree trunk in the foreground. Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN (Medical Corps), 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46149

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Milwaukee 64k

Sailors haul in men via breeches buoy as the crew of USS Milwaukee (C 21) abandons ship after she went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46155

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Milwaukee 92k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) stranded and broadside to the surf, at Samoa Beach, California, 13 January 1917. Two boats are offshore, attempting to assist in removing the cruiser's crew, many of whom are visible standing on her foredeck and superstructure. Milwaukee had gone ashore while attempting to salvage the grounded submarine H 3. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA. Photograph received from the U.S. Naval Library, Treasure Island, California, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46155

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38k Surfboat approaching the beach, during rescue operations just after USS Milwaukee (C 21) went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, 13 January 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 82k

Surfboat broaches in the heavy Pacific surf, during rescue operations just after USS Milwaukee (C 21) went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, 13 January 1917.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46160

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Milwaukee 79k

U.S. Coast Guard surfboat in action, during the removal of crewmen from USS Milwaukee (C 21) after she was wrecked at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, 13 January 1917. Note the large number of men standing on the grounded cruiser's decks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46156

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Milwaukee 58k

Rescue operations in progress just after USS Milwaukee (C 21) went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. Note the boat between ship and shore, and the large number of men on the wrecked cruiser's decks. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46157.

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Milwaukee 109k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) stranded at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California. She had gone aground on 13 January 1917 while attempting to salvage the grounded submarine H 3. This photograph was taken soon after her crew had been brought ashore. Note that her flag is still flying from her mainmast.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 60652.

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Milwaukee 68k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) stranded at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917, probably just after all of her crew had been brought ashore. Photographed from the dunes behind the beach by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46153.

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Milwaukee 82k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) stranded at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917, probably just after all of her crew had been brought ashore. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46152.

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Milwaukee 88k

USS Milwaukee (C 21) stranded at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, soon after she went aground on 13 January 1917. A whaleboat is alongside her port quarter, and a few men are visible on her main deck above the boat.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46151.

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Milwaukee 123k

A Navy officer walking on the beach, with the abandoned wreck of USS Milwaukee (C 21) in the background. Photographed on or shortly after 13 January 1917, when the cruiser went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46150.

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Milwaukee 88k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Note the ensign is still flying on the after mast. Robert M. Cieri

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104k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 87k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 108k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 111k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 99k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 92k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 13 JAN 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 128k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 8 MAR 1917. Note the pier being built to facilitate salvage of the Milwaukee. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 106k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 19 MAR 1917. The pier appears to have been completed and the ensign struck. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 117k Postcard of USS Milwaukee stranded on Samoa Beach, 19 MAR 1917. Robert M. Cieri
Milwaukee 136k

Waves breaking over the wrecked cruiser's boat deck on 29 April 1919, more than two years after she went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. This view looks aft along the ship's starboard (seaward) side. Note the collapsed deck by the ventilator cowls, where the ship's hull had split apart. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, California.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46161.

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Milwaukee 136k

Waves breaking over the wrecked cruiser's forecastle on 29 April 1919, more than two years after she went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. This view looks forward from the ship's bridge. Note marine growth on her wooden main deck, and foundation for her forward 6"/50 gun (in the lower right center). The gun had been removed during salvage operations. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.. NH 46162.

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Milwaukee 88k

Split in the the wrecked cruiser's hull and superstructure, just aft of amidships. Taken on 29 April 1919, more than two years after Milwaukee went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. Note separation of armor plates, rivet holes in structural plating, and port for a 3"/50 gun. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46163.

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Milwaukee 140k

Looking aft from the wrecked cruiser's starboard bridge on 29 April 1919, more than two years after she went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. This view shows conditions on Milwaukee's boat deck, and the pier used by salvagers to remove guns and equipment from the ship. Note cowl ventilators, coal scuttles on the deck, empty gun positions, and the separation in the deck just aft of amidships where the ship's hull had broken. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46164.

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Milwaukee 76k

After portion of the cruiser's wreck, taken on 29 April 1919, more than two years after she went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. Note the pier used by salvagers to remove guns and equipment from the ship, and the degree that she had settled since going ashore. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46165.

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Milwaukee 54k

Forward portion of the cruiser's wreck, taken on 29 April 1919, more than two years after she went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. Note the pier used by salvagers to remove the ship's guns and equipment, and the degree that Milwaukee had settled since going ashore. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, CA.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46166.

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Milwaukee 61k

Pier used by salvagers to remove the ship's guns and equipment, with the wreck cruiser's stern visible at left. Taken on 29 April 1919, more than two years after Milwaukee went aground at Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, on 13 January 1917. Note broken piles below the pier deck, an indication of the power of the Pacific Coast surf. Photographed by Emma B. Freeman, Eureka, California.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. NH 46167.

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Milwaukee 337k The remains of the USS Milwaukee (C 21) at Somoa beach during a -2.2 foot tide, taken on 4 June 2004. The photo appeared in the Eureka, CA newspaper "Times-Standard" on 5 June 2004. Darryl Baker

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Gove, Charles Augustus, CDR 1876   12/10/1906 -
Rogers, Charles Custis, CDR 1876   06/12/1908
Eberle, Edward Walter, CDR 1885 ADM 01/21/1910 - 05/03/1910
Decommissioned     05/03/1910 - 06/17/1913
Reeves, Joseph Mason (Bull), CDR 1894 ADM 06/24/1914 - 09/10/1915
Kail, Arthur Clifton, LT     09/10/1915 - 10/16/1915
Simons, Manley Hale, LCDR 1901 RADM 10/16/1915 - 1916
Newton, William Flewellen, LT 1906   06/29/1916 - 03/06/1917

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


USS MILWAUKEE (C 21) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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