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Californian

Sunk 22 June 1918

Freighter: Built in 1900 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA; Launched 12 May 1900; Acquired by the Navy 13 May 1918; Commissioned 14 May 1918; Struck a mine in the Bay of Biscay and sank 22 June 1918.

Specifications: Displacement 5,658 t.; Length 413'; Beam 51'; Draft 26' 2"; Speed 10 kts.; Complement 78; Armament unknown.


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Californian 126k Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California. Panoramic view of shipways and outfitting area, 1900. USS Wisconsin (Battleship No. 9) is fitting out at left. Ships on the ways are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (Destroyer No. 10); USS Perry (Destroyer No. 11); USS Wyoming (Monitor No. 10); USS Ohio (Battleship No. 12); and the S.S. Californian.
Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1971.
The original print is in the Union Iron Works scrapbook, Volume II, page 157.
U.S. Navy photo NH 75110
Naval Historical Center
Californian 82k In the lift drydock at the Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, California, during the final stages of her construction, 18 June 1900.
Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1972.
Copied from the Union Iron Works Scrapbook, Vol. II, page 144.
U.S. Navy photo NH 75276
Naval Historical Center
Californian 81k Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, during builder's trials in 1900.
Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1972.
Copied from the Union Iron Works Scrapbook, Vol. II, page 144.
U.S. Navy photo NH 75274
Naval Historical Center
Californian 55k Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, during builder's trials in 1900.
Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1972.
Copied from the Union Iron Works Scrapbook, Vol. II, page 144.
U.S. Navy photo NH 75275
Naval Historical Center
Californian 85k Sinking in the Bay of Biscay after striking a mine, 22 June 1918. Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159).
Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.
U.S. Navy photo NH 61072
Naval Historical Center
Californian 123k Sinking in the Bay of Biscay on 22 June 1918, after hitting a mine. Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159).
Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99783
Naval Historical Center
Californian 123k Sinking in the Bay of Biscay on 22 June 1918, after hitting a mine. A boat is alongside, below Californian's bridge, probably taking off her crew.
Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99784
Naval Historical Center
Californian 91k Sinking in the Bay of Biscay on 22 June 1918, after hitting a mine. A boat is alongside, below Californian's bridge, probably taking off her crew.
Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99785
Naval Historical Center
Californian 103k Sinking in the Bay of Biscay on 22 June 1918, after hitting a mine. Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159).
Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99785
Naval Historical Center
Californian 148k Survivors of USS Californian on Corsair's quarterdeck, 22 June 1918, after being rescued from their sinking ship.
Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99787
Naval Historical Center

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