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USS ST. PAUL (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 10 APR 1895 by the William Cramp & Sons, Phila., PA
Chartered by the US Navy on 12 MAR 1898
Commissioned 20 APR 1898
Decommissioned 02 SEP 1898 and returned to owner
Contracted on 27 October 1917
Recommissioned APR 1918 and designated SP-1643
Decommissioned 14 JAN 1919
Returned to owner 24 MAR 1919
Fate: Sold for scrap in Germany in 1923

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209k The transport (ex-auxiliary cruiser) USS St. Paul (ID-1643) underway. Robert Hurst
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Broadside view of the SS St Paul in 1895, at an unknown location, shortly after her completion. The ship was commissioned the auxiliary cruiser USS St Paul on April 20, 1898, for service in the Spanish American War.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-22385

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Port bow view of the SS St Paul in 1895, at an unknown location, shortly after her completion. The ship was commissioned the auxiliary cruiser USS St Paul on April 20, 1898, for service in the Spanish American War.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-22385 1895

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USS St. Paul (1898) Photographed at the end of the Spanish-American War.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 59924.

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USS St. Paul (1898) View looking aft on her forecastle, following conversion to an auxiliary cruiser, 1898. Note 5-inch guns, capstans, winch and other deck gear. The original photograph was taken by C.H. Graves and published on a stereograph card. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN (MSC), 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 89086.

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275k The SS St. Paul was transferred to the Navy account in April 1918; designated SP-1643; and overhauled at New York. Then, while being towed to her berth from dry dock on 28 April, she capsized in the North River. Righted on 11 September, she was subsequently turned over to the Commandant, 3d Naval District, on 17 October. Saint Paul entered the New York Navy Yard the following day, but the war's end led to cancellation of plans to use the ship for carrying troops. Placed in temporary commission on 14 January 1919 for the purpose of fixing responsibility for her care outside of the Navy Yard, Saint Paul soon began reconversion for mercantile service. Tom Bateman
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181k SS St. Paul as she lay on the bottom of the North River, New York City in 1918. Tom Bateman

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Sigsbee, Charles D., CAPT   04/20/1898
Decommissioned (Returned to Owner)   09/02/1898 - 10/27/1917
Decommissioned (Returned to Owner)   03/24/1919

USS ST. PAUL 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

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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