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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: Nan - King - Oboe
(Contributed by John Spivey)

Displacement 2,090 Tons, Dimensions, 269' (oa) x 37' x 16' 8" (Max)
Armament 9 x 5"/40, 6 x 6pdr, 2 x 1pdr, 3 x 18" tt..
Armor, 7/16" Deck, 2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 5,400 IHP; 2 Vertical, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 18 Knots, Crew 274.
Operational and Building Data
Launched 05 DEC 1891 by the Columbia Iron Works, Baltimore, MD
Commissioned 21 JUN 1894
Decommissioned 15 SEP 1900
Commissioned 15 MAY 1902
Decommissioned 15 SEP 1904
Commissioned 02 JAN 1908
Renamed Anniston 14 MAR 1918
Decommissioned 16 MAY 1918
Stricken 29 AUG 1919
Fate: Sold for scrap 14 NOV 1919
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

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Montgomery 56k

At sea under steam and sail, circa 1894-97, with laundry drying on her foremast rigging and many crewmen on deck. Courtesy of Captain R.H. Johnson, 1932.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #45718.

Montgomery 66k

Port bow view, circa 1894-99.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #45717 .

86k USS Montgomery (Cruiser No. 9), as completed, anchored at an unknown location circa 1894-1900.

Source: Library of Congress, Photo #LC-D4-20630

Mike Green

Starboard Quarter view while underway on 26 July 1895, location unknown.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.2050.05704

Mike Green
338k Moored at Key West, 1898. Arnold Putnam
110k USS Montgomery (Cruiser No. 9) firing last salute to Spanish flag at Havana, Cuba in mid-1898.

Library of Congress, Photo # LC-D4-20631

Mike Green
2.25m Moored starboard side to, possibly in Philadelphia, 30 January 1908. Darryl Baker
3.1m Moored starboard side to, possibly in Philadelphia, 30 January 1908. Darryl Baker

According to the Pensacola News Journal the USS Montgomery arrived from Philadelphia in November of 1908 all new and shiny, guns removed except for two. Duties were torpedo experiments. The Montgomery would spend the winters at the Pensacola Navy Yard every year from 1908 until 1914.

Florida Historical Society without information.

David Upton

Montgomery's port side showing an angular Dazzle camouflage during WWI.

US "War Department" photo now in the custody of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.

Tracy White

Montgomery's starboard side showing a circular Dazzle camouflage pattern that was completely different than her port side during WWI.

US "War Department" photo now in the custody of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.

Tracy White

USS Anniston (Cruiser No. 9), ex-Montgomery photographed in 1918-1919 wearing Watson System camouflage.

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #NH 100399
Mike Green

USS Anniston (Cruiser No. 9), ex-USS Montgomery, wearing Watson System camouflage, 1918.

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #NH 57227
Mike Green

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Davis II, Charles Henry, CDR 1864   06/21/1894 - 07/01/1896
Converse, George Albert, CAPT 1865 RADM 07/23/1897 - 04/01/1899
Merrell, John Porter, CDR 1867   04/01/1899 - 09/15/1900
Decommissioned     09/15/1900 - 05/15/1902
Patch, Nathaniel Jordan Knight, CDR 1869   07/15/1902 -
Curtis, Clinton Kidd, CDR 1869   02/06/1904 - 03/21/1904
Young, Lucien, CDR 1873 RADM 03/21/1904 - 09/15/1904
Decommissioned     09/15/1904 - 01/02/1908
Simpson Jr., Edward, CDR 1880 RADM 01/02/1908 - 07/21/1908
Strauss, Joseph, CDR 1885 ADM 07/21/1908 -
Chase, Volney Ogle, CDR 1885   05/03/1910 - 1911
Kaiser, Louis Anthony, LCDR 1889   05/01/1912 - 1913
Sinclair, Hugh, CHGUNNER     01/05/1916 - 11/01/1916
McCarthy, Stephen, CHBOSN     11/01/1916 - 04/03/1917
Bostwick, Lucius Allyn, CDR 1890   04/03/1917 - 08/1918
Wait, William Bell, CDR     09/30/1918 - 04/03/1919
Roper, Walter Gordon, CDR 1898   04/03/1919 - 05/16/1919

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

USS MONTGOMERY - ANNISTON (Cruiser No. 9) 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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