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USS CHARLESTON (Cruiser No. 22/CA 19)

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 JAN 1902 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
Launched 23 January 1904
Commissioned 17 OCT 1905
Decommissioned 08 OCT 1910
Commissioned 14 SEPT 1912
Reclassified CA 19 17 JUL 1920
Decommissioned 04 DEC 1923
Fate: Sold for scrap on 06 MAR 1930 to General Salvage Company of Seattle, Washington in accordance with the London Naval Treaty.
Subsequently sold to the Powell River Co., British Columbia, Canada to be used as a breakwater.
More information can be found at
(Fate information provided by Chris Vallery and David Chessum)

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Charleston 144k Port View, Undated. USN
235k Undated photo of the USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) moored at San Francisco.

Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-20271

Mike Green
Charleston 49k The Armored Cruiser Charleston on a Post Card copywritten 1906 by Enrique Muller, and published by Illustrated Postal Card Co., N.Y. & Germany. From the Collection of Charles Munson. Charles Munson
211k Stern view of USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) arriving at Mare Island on October 1, 1906. Darryl Baker
213k Stern view of USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) at her berth at Mare Island on November 7, 1906. Ship forward of Charleston is USS Boston and USS Wyoming (M 10) is in the channel passing astern of her. Darryl Baker

USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) preparing to enter dry dock #1 at Mare Island on November 20, 1906.

U.S. Navy photo #760

Darryl Baker

Stern view of USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) in dry dock #1 at Mare Island on November 21, 1906.

U.S. Navy photo #763

Darryl Baker

Bow view of USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) in dry dock #1 at Mare Island on November 21, 1906. (Photo cleaned up by Tom Kermen)

U.S. Navy photo #764

Darryl Baker
158k Stern view of USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) at her berth at Mare Island in December 1906. Ship forward of Charleston is USS Lawton and USS Relief is in the channel. Darryl Baker
145k USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) as she arrives at Mare Island in March 1908. The yard ferry launch Dart is seen at her berth in the lower right corner. Darryl Baker
264k Two cruiser in dry dock at Mare Island. USS Charleston (Cruiser #22), broadside in the photo, is in dry dock #1 and USS South Dakota (Armored Cruiser #9) is in the new dry dock #2. USS South Dakota was the first ship to dock in dry dock #2 on March 14, 1908. Darryl Baker
820k Ships officers on the Fo'c'sle circa 1916-1917 as the Captain looks to be Capt. Washington. David A. Jones, MMCM(SW) USN Retired

Charleston in Drydock #1, Balboa, Canal Zone 8 Sept 1916.

Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, , author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World..

Michael Mohl

USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) passing Cucaracha slide in the Gaillard Cut 23 March 1917.

Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, , author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World.

Michael Mohl
Charleston 99k Starboard quarter view at anchor sometime during WWI, From the Collection of Bert D. Blackmon, Sr. Bert D. Blackmon III
491k USS Charleston (Cruiser #22) arriving at Hoboken, New Jersey, with returning U.S. soldiers, circa 1919. Robert Hurst

USS Charleston (C 22) off Brest, France on 29 January 1919. The ship is serving as an Army transport, bringing soldiers back to the United States after WW1.

Imperial War Museum American First World War Official Exchange Collection, Photo #Q 58251. © IWM

Mike Green
86k Ships bell, currently on display at Patriot's Point Museum, Charleston, SC. Robert Hall

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Winslow, Cameron McRae, CDR 1874 ADM 10/17/1905 - 06/1907
Beatty, Frank Edmund, CDR 1875 RADM 06/1907 - 08/03/1908
Knapp, Harry Shepard, CAPT 1874 VADM 08/03/1908 - 01/1909
Gibbons, John Henry, CDR 1879   07/21/1909 - 10/08/1910
Decommissioned     10/08/1910 - 09/14/1912
Bradshaw, George Brown, CDR 1889   09/14/1912 - 08/13/1915
Robertson, Ashley Herman, CDR 1888 VADM 03/15/1913 - 07/15/1913
Washington, Thomas, CDR 1887 RADM 07/15/1913 -
Traut, Frederick August, CDR 1892   01/26/1914 -
Campbell, Edwared Hale, CAPT 1893 VADM 08/13/1915 - 03/31/1916
Littlefield, W. L., CAPT 1876   04/14//1917 - 01/19/1918
Ridgely, Frank Eugene, CAPT 1896   01/19/1918
Knox, Dudley Wright, CAPT 1896 COMO 04/1921 - 07/14/1921
Brown, George Patton, LCDR 1902   07/20/1921 - 06/01/1922
Tarrant, William Theodore, CAPT 1898 RADM 06/01/1922 - 12/04/1923

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

USS CHARLESTON (Cruiser #22/CA 19) 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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