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Displacement 4,324 Tons, Dimensions, 335' (oa) x 48' 6" x 23' 5" (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/30, 4 x 6pdr, 4 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr.
Armor, 3" Shields, 4" Deck, 3" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 10,500 IHP; 2 Horizontal, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 384.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 22 MAR 1888 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Launched 07 SEP 1889
Commissioned 28 JUL 1890
Decommissioned 18 DEC 1897
Commissioned 09 JUL 1898
Decommissioned 22 SEP 1902
Designated as Receiving Ship 12 MAY 1904
Designated as Prision Ship 04 NOV 1912
Designated as Receiving Ship 19 JAN 1916
Reclassified IX 24 17 JUL 1920
Stricken 24 NOV 1926
Fate: Sold at public auction at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1927 to Louis Rotherberg.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory w/ARMED GUARD Clasp

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Philadelphia 24k Port Bow, Undated. USN
439k At anchor location unknown, circa 1890's. John Chiquoine

Port bow view of the USS Philadelphia (C 4) in 1892-1893.

Library of Congress, Photo #LC-D4-20878

Colin P. Varga/Mike Green

USS Philadelphia (C 4) at anchor, in 1892.

Imperial War Museum photo.

Robert Hurst
Philadelphia 137k

USS Philadelphia (C 4) - Halftone photograph, copyright 1892 by J.S. Johnston, New York, and published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898. middle or later 1890s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 42603.

Fred Weiss/USNHC

USS Philadelphia (Cruiser # 4) at anchor, New York, during the Columbian Naval Parade, 27 April 1893. Photographer unknown.

Image courtesy DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Robert Hurst
Philadelphia 84k

USS Philadelphia (C 4) Photographed by Thomas, Port Angeles, Washington, during the middle or later 1890s. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 42604.

Fred Weiss/USNHC

Port bow on view of the USS Philadelphia (C 4) at anchor with boats out between 1890-1901 at an unknown location .

Library of Congress, LC-D4-20099

Mike Green

Starboard broadside image of the USS Philadelphia (C 4) underway between 1890-1901 at an unknown location.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-20094

Mike Green
Philadelphia 285k The USS Philadelphia (C 4) is at the seawall at Mare Island in Dec 1899. Darryl Baker
Philadelphia 321k Bow view of the USS Philadelphia (C 4) is in the Mare Island channel on 5 Dec 1899. Darryl Baker
Philadelphia 322k Stern view of the USS Philadelphia (C 4) is in the Mare Island channel on 5 Dec 1899. Darryl Baker
Philadelphia 472k Bow view of the USS Philadelphia (C 4) is in the Mare Island channel on 14 Aug 1902. Mare Island is in the backgrond. Darryl Baker
Philadelphia 24k Philadelphia as IX 24. While undated, this picture is after May 1904 when she was designated a receiving ship at Puget Sound Navy Yard. Gunter Krebs
225k Undated image of the receiving ship USS Philadelphia (IX-24) at her moorings, in Puget Sound. Robert Hurst
269k Postcard of Philadelphia between May 1904 and November 1912 or January 1916 and November 1926 when she was used as a Receiving Ship at Bremerton Washington. Tommy Trampp

USS Philadelphia (C 4) at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, while serving as receiving ship, 1 October 1911.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #NH 42606

Mike Green

Philadelphia (Cruiser #4) (left) and USS Charleston at Puget Sound Navy Yard prior to World War I, when Philadelphia served as a receiving ship. Note the contrast between Charleston’s brightly painted hull and her drab stacks.

Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph #NH 92172)


Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Bradford, Robert Forbes, CAPT 1852   07/28/1890 - 09/22/1890
Rodgers, Frederick, CDR 1861   09/22/1890 -
Barker, Albert Smith, CAPT 1861   07/06/1892 -
Cotton, Charles Stanhope, CAPT 1861 RADM 08/24/1894
Decommissioned     12/18/1897 - 07/09/1898
Wadliegh, George Henry, CAPT 1864   07/01/1898 -
White, Edwin, CAPT     07/09/1898 - 12/18/1897
Reiter, George Cook, CAPT 1865   11/07/1899
Mead, William Whitman, CAPT 1865 RADM 02/20/1900 - 01/07/1902
Reisinger, William Wagner, CAPT 1866   01/07/1902 - 09/22/1902
Decommissioned     09/22/1902
Perkins, Charles Plummer, CDR 1869   12/29/1902
Doyle, Robert Morris, CDR 1875    
Sherman, Francis Howland, CDR 1876   01/03/1907
Bertolette, Levi Calvin, CDR 1887   01/03/1910
Bradshaw, George Brown, CDR 1889   09/11/1911
Washington, Thomas, CAPT 1887   12/05/1913
Tozer, Charles Mason, CDR     10/02/1916
Shapley, Lloyd Stowell, CAPT 1899   11/24/1918
Hinds, Alfred Walton, CAPT 1894   04/28/1919
Fewel, Christopher Catron, CDR 1893   05/14/1919
Willson, James David, CDR 1903   08/05/1921

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

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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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