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USS SAN FRANCISCO (C 5) /
USS TAHOE (CM 2) /
USS YOSEMITE (CM 2)


Drawing courtesy of Robert Jensen


CLASS - SAN FRANCISCO
Displacement 4,083 Tons, Dimensions, 324' 6" (oa) x 49' 6" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/30, 4 x 6pdr, 4 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr.
Armor, 2" Shields, 3" Deck, 3" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 10,500 IHP; 2 Horizontal, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 383.
Operational and Building Data
Launched by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA 26 OCT 1889
Commissioned 15 NOV 1890
Decommissioned 25 OCT 1898
Commissioned 02 JAN 1902
Decommissioned 31 DEC 1904
Converted to Mine Vessel June 1908
Commissioned 29 NOV 1911
Decommissioned 06 JUN 1916
Commissioned 18 OCT 1916
Reclassified CM 2 17 JUL 1920
Decommissioned 24 DEC 1921
Renamed Tahoe
Renamed Yosemite 01 JAN 1931
Stricken 08 JUN 1937
Fate: Sold for scrap to Union Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore MD 20 APR 1939


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San Francisco
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  Photo of USS San Francisco (C 5) shortly after commissioning.  She appears to be in the Mare Island Channel. Darryl Baker
San Francisco
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USS San Francisco in an Italian port.

From the collection of the late Antoni Blasi.

Col·lecció Antoni Blasi, via Camil Busquets
San Francisco
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Enlisted navy personnel aboard the cruiser USS San Francisco (C 5). Photo taken sometime between the years 1890 to 1901.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Bill Gonyo
San Francisco
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821k USS San Francisco (C 5) in the Mare Island Channel on 7 March 1891. Darryl Baker
San Francisco
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813k USS San Francisco (C 5) about to enter Mare Island's dry dock #1 on 7 March 1981.  She was the first ship to be dock in the new dry dock Darryl Baker
San Francisco
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863k USS San Francisco (C 5) in Mare Island's dry dock #1 circa 1891. Darryl Baker
San Francisco
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USS San Francisco (Cruiser # 5) at anchor, at New York, during the Columbian Naval Parade, 27 April 1893. Photographer unknown.

Images courtesy  DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Robert Hurst
San Francisco
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120k USS San Francisco (C 5) underway at an unknown location circa 1895-1898.

Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-20933

Mike Green
San Francisco 106k

USS San Francisco (C 5) Halftone photograph, published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898. San Francisco is dressed with flags, with the Italian ensign at her mainmast peak, possibly during her 1895-96 European Squadron service.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. #NH 44247.

USNHC/PAHRC
San Francisco
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USS San Francisco (C 5) Halftone photograph, Detroit Publishing Company, 1898. San Francisco is dressed with flags, with the Italian ensign at her mainmast peak, possibly during her 1895-96 European Squadron service.

United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID det.4a14708.

Robert Hurst
San Francisco
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1.2m Moored at Norfolk Navy Yard, February 1892. Darryl Baker
San Francisco
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1.7m Moored at Norfolk Navy Yard, February 1892. Darryl Baker
San Francisco
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USS San Francisco (C 5) in 1903, as rebuilt without yards and masts.

USN Photo.

Robert Hurst
San Francisco
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271k The decommissioned USS San Francisco (C 5) sits moored in the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia in 1905.

Library of Congress Photo.

Bill Gonyo
San Francisco
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Loading mines onto the USS San Francisco (C 5) at Invergordon, Scotland on 18 September 1918.  The USS Shawmut (ID-1255) is anchored in the background.

Imperial War Museum American First World War Official Exchange Collection, Photo No. © IWM (Q 20263).

Mike Green
San Francisco
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Mines on launching track on the mine vessel USS San Francisco (C 5), while the ship is on North Sea patrol on 20 September 1918.

Imperial War Museum American First World War Official Exchange Collection, Photo No. © IWM (Q 20257).

Mike Green
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The former protected cruiser USS San Francisco (C 5) in mine vessel configuration, is seen dry docked at Invergordon, Scotland on 23 September 1918.  The ship was converted to, but not reclassified as a mine vessel in June, 1908.  

Imperial War Museum American First World War Official Exchange Collection, Photo No. © IWM (Q 20263).

Mike Green


Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Sampson, William T., CAPT   RADM 11/15/1890 - 06/1892
Shepard, Edwin Malcolm, CAPT     11/21/1894 - 1896
Leary, Richard Phillips, CAPT     1898 - 10/25/1898
Decommissioned     10/25/1898 - 01/02/1902
Walker, Asa, CAPT   RADM 01/02/1902 - 11/1903
Decommissioned     12/31/1904 - 11/29/1911
Cottman, Vincendon Lazarus, CAPT     08/29/1911 - 1912
Belknap, Reginald Rowan, CAPT     12/12/1914 - 12/16/1915
Decommissioned     06/06/1916 - 10/18/1916
Butler, CDR     10/18/1916
Gannon, Sinclair, CAPT   RADM no date - 1918
Butler Jr., Henry Varnum, CAPT     1918
MacArthur III., Arthur, CAPT     ~1919 - 1920
Lackey, Henry Ellis, CAPT 1899 RADM ~1920 - 12/24/1921
Green     03/09/1934
Kirk, CDR     07/01/1936
Bowman, CDR     05/26/1936

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


USS SAN FRANCISCO (C 5) /
USS TAHOE (CM 2) / USS YOSEMITE (CM 2) 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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