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USS ST. LOUIS/LOUISVILLE (Auxiliary Cruiser)

CLASS - N/A
Displacement 14,910 Tons, Dimensions, 554' (oa) x 63' x 30' (Max)
Armament 4 x 5", 8 x 6-pdrs.
Armor, n/a
Machinery, n/a
Speed, 20 Knots, Crew 377.
Operational and Building Data
Launched 12 NOV 1894 by the William Cramp & Sons Building & Engine Company, Philadelphia, PA
Chartered for Naval Service on 22 APR 1989
Commissioned 24 APR 1898
Decommissioned 02 SEP 1898
Returned to merchant service with the American Lines
Acquired by the US Navy and renamed Louisville (SP-1644)
Commissioned 24 APR 1918
Decommissioned 09 SEP 1919
Returned to original owner on 11 SEP 1919 and renamed St. Louis
Fate: Scuttled after an out-of-control fire broke out while in the Shipyard JAN 1920. Sold for scrap in 1925 to an Italian Salvage Company.

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St. Paul
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Aft view of six-cylinder quadruple expansion engines being prepared for installation in St. Louis.

American Engineerand Railroad Journal, Vol. LXIX, No. 7, 1895

Tom Bateman
St. Paul
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Forward view of six-cylinder quadruple expansion engines being prepared for installation in St. Louis.

American Engineerand Railroad Journal, Vol. LXIX, No. 7, 1895

Tom Bateman
St Louis. 79k S.S. Saint Louis (American Passenger Liner, 1895) - Halftone reproduction of an artwork, published while the ship was under construction at the William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This ship served as USS Saint Louis in 1898 and as USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51425.

USNHC
St Louis. 112k S.S. Saint Louis (American Passenger Liner, 1895) - Fine screen halftone reproduction of a photograph, published in 1898 at the time of the Spanish-American War. It was probably taken at the time of her completion, circa 1895, while Saint Louis was off the shipyard of her builder, the William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This ship was USS Saint Louis in 1898 and USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in 1918-1919. The ship fitting out in the left background is either USS Indiana (BB-1) or USS Massachusetts (BB-2), both of which were built by Cramp.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51427.

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St. Paul
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An undated picture of the Auxiliary Cruiser USS St. Louis at anchor.

USN Photo

Robert Hurst
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USS St. Louis (1898) Photographed during the Spanish-American War. Note that, though in U.S. Navy service, this ship remains in her civilian paint scheme. Courtesy of Rear Admiral H.C. Taylor.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51428.

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78k Halftone photograph, published in the book "War in Cuba", 1898, showing U.S. Light House Tender Suwanee underway off Siboney, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. Among the ships in the background are USS St. Louis (left) and USS Vixen (right).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 85649.

Robert Hurst
St Louis. 57k USS Saint Louis (1898) at anchor off the south coast of Cuba, June 1898. Photograph printed by Henry Kahn & Company, 642 Market Street, San Francisco, California. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Captain Cyrus R. Miller, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103118..

USNHC
St Louis. 43k S.S. Saint Louis (American Passenger Liner, 1895) - Photographed prior to World War I. This ship served as USS Saint Louis in 1898 and as USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 65122.

USNHC
St Louis. 88k S.S. Saint Louis (American Passenger Liner, 1895) - Photographed in 1917, while operating as a troop transport.
She is painted in Mackay type camouflage. This ship became USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in April 1918.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-7572.

National Archives
St Louis. 71k S.S. Saint Louis (American Passenger Liner, 1895) starboard waist gun (five-inch?), photographed during a trans-Atlantic passage to Liverpool, England, 19-27 December 1917. This ship, operating as a civilian troopship at the time of this photograph, became USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in April 1918. Collection of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) A. Alvin Booth, USNRF.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 89499.

USNHC
St Louis. 73k S.S. Saint Louis (American Passenger Liner, 1895) photographed during the winter of 1917-1918, while operating as a troop transport. Note ice on the harbor surface. Saint Louis had recently been repainted in pattern camouflage. She became USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in April 1918 and received another camouflage scheme in the early summer of that year.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-7573.

National Archives
St Louis. 103k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in port at New York City on 6 July 1918, with tugs President and Edward S. Atwood alongside her bow. This view, showing the ship's newly applied "dazzle" camouflage scheme, was taken by the New York Navy Yard.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51431.

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St Louis. 76k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in port at New York City on 6 July 1918. This view, showing the ship's newly applied "dazzle" camouflage scheme, was taken by the New York Navy Yard. The ship's civilian name, St. Louis, still appears on her lifeboats.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51430.

USNHC
St Louis. 58k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1918, while the ship was painted in World War I pattern camouflage. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103059.

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St Louis. 92k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, looking along the ship's promenade deck. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103060.

USNHC
St Louis. 87k USS Louisville (ID # 1644)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing the ship's Ward Room with tables set for a meal.
The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103061.

USNHC
St Louis. 78k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing the ship's Officers' Lounge. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103062.

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St Louis. 91k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing the ship's Upper Galley. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103063.

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St Louis. 107k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing the ship's Enlisted Men's Mess Hall. Note the pipe organ and fancy decor. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103064.

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St Louis. 92k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing the ship's Enlisted Men's Mess Hall. Note the pipe organ and fancy decor. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103064.

USNHC
St Louis. 87k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing a scene in the ship's Chief Petty Officers' Quarters, with tables set for a meal. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103066.

USNHC
St Louis. 81k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, showing a scene in the ship's medical Operating Room. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103067.

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St Louis. 83k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1918, looking aft from the ship's port bridge wing along her Boat Deck. The original image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS Louisville. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103068.

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117k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - Steaming past the Statue of Liberty, while arriving in New York Harbor with troops on board, 1919.
Photographed by E. Muller, Jr., 198 Broadway, New York City, and printed on postcard stock.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 105384.

Robert Hurst
St Louis. 65k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) in New York Harbor while engaged in returning U.S. service personnel from Europe, 1919. The Statue of Liberty is visible in the left distance. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 76007.

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80k USS Louisville (ID # 1644) - In port, 1919. The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 103456.

Robert Hurst

USS ST. LOUIS/LOUISVILLE 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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