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USS MINNEAPOLIS (Cruiser No. 13/CA 17)


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

Drawing courtesy of Robert Jensen

Displacement 7,375 Tons, Dimensions, 413' 1" (oa) x 58' 2" x 25' 7" (Max)
Armament 1 x 8"/40, 2 x 6"/40, 8 x 4"/40 12 x 6pdr, 4 x 1pdr, 4 x 14" tt..
Armor, 4" Shields, 4" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 21,000 IHP; 3 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 3 screws
Speed, 21 Knots, Crew 477.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 16 DEC 1891 by the William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Launched 12 AUG 1893
Commissioned 13 DEC 1894
Decommissioned 18 AUG 1898
Commissioned 23 APR 1902
Decommissioned 02 JUN 1903
Commissioned 05 OCT 1903
Decommissioned 17 NOV 1906
Commissioned 02 JUL 1917
Reclassified on 17 JUL 1920 as CA 17
Decommissioned 15 MAR 1921
Stricken 05 AUG 1921
Fate: Sold for scrap 05 AUG 1921

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

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USS Minneapolis, date and location unknown.

From the collection of the late Antoni Blasi.

Col·lecció Antoni Blasi, via Camil Busquets
71k Portside view while underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp / Thomas Becher
442k Port quarter view while at anchor, date and location unknown. From the collection of Willard E. Spencer, Jr. Sheila Spencer Lein
Minneapolis 108k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) on builder's trials in 1894. She is flying the flag of her builder, William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46173.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
1.2m Portside view while underway in 1894 that someone attempted to colorize. Darryl Baker
272k USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) at anchor in 1896. Robert Hurst
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USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) Photographed while at anchor, 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 63591.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Minneapolis 99k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) photographed circa August 1898 by C.E. Bolles, Brooklyn, New York. USS Columbia (Cruiser No. 12) is in the right distance.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46172.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Minneapolis 127k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) At anchor in 1898, with USS Texas coaling in the left distance. The original photograph was published on a stereograph card by J.F. Jarvis, Washington, D.C., 1898. Note Minneapolis' bow decoration, anchor and anchor chain. Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #100346.

Minneapolis 116k

Crewmen on the ship's fore deck in 1898. Photographed and published on a stereograph card by B.W. Kilburn, Littleton, New Hampshire, in 1898. Note Minneapolis' armored conning tower, located under her wooden pilothouse. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #89084.

445k A Postcard of the cruiser Minneapolis in the Bay of Villefranche sur Mer, in the south of France taken before 1900. David Lacroix
Minneapolis 78k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) Photographed in May 1904. Courtesy of Howard I. Chapelle, Smithsonian Institution.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #46176.



Postcard Image is from Enrique Muller in 1904 showing the USS Minneapolis passing down New York Bay on her way to sea. Original Undivided Back Postcard by The American News Company of New York Duane Bass

Port side view while at anchor in Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester, MA, in 1905. The 2 ships behind the Minneapolis in the photo appear to be Dixie Class Destroyer Tenders or Auxiliary Cruisers. There is also another Columbia class Cruiser at the far left of the photo.

Photo 1A-06791 from the Detroit Publishing Co. collection at the U.S. Library of Congress

Jason Dieffenbacher
1.1m From right to left are the decommissioned ships Katahdin, Columbia (Cruiser No. 12), and Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) moored at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa. circa 1907. Ron Reeves
Minneapolis 62k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) Photographed circa 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #46188.

Minneapolis 106k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) In drydock, receiving a mine defense installation (probably a paravane skeg), 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #46189.

Minneapolis 65k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) Painted in "dazzle" camouflage, 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #46198.

Minneapolis 64k

USS Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) View looking aft, during convoy escort operations in 1918. Extra coal, to increase her steaming range, is stowed in bags on deck.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46193.

Minneapolis 97k Starboard quarter view, at Mare Island, CA sometime after 15 March 1921 when she was decommissioned. Here waiting to be scrapped. Jon Burdett

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Wadleigh, G. H., CAPT 1864 RADM 12/13/1894 -
Sands, James Hoban, CAPT 1864 RADM 06/1897 - 07/07/1897
Jewell, Theodore Frelinghuysen, CAPT 1865   03/05/1898
Goodrich, Caspar Frederick, CAPT 1865   06/10/1898 - 08/18/1898
Decommissioned     08/18/1898 - 04/23/1902
Chambers, Washington Irving, CAPT 1876   04/23/1902 -
Decommissioned     06/02/1903 - 10/05/1903
Marix, Adolph, CAPT 1868 RADM 10/05/1903 -
Miller, James Madison, CAPT 1867   07/23/1906 - 11/17/1906
Decommissioned     11/17/1906 - 07/02/1917
Christy, Harley Hannibal, CAPT 1891 VADM 07/02/1917 - 08/17/1917
Snyder, Charles Philip, CAPT 1896 ADM 08/17/1917 - 08/03/1918
Brinser, Harry Lerch, CDR 1899 RADM 08/03/1918 -
Dodd, Edwin Horace, CAPT 1900   10/10/1919 - 03/15/1921

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

USS MINNEAPOLIS (Cruiser No. 13/CA 17) 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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