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Posted by Ron Smith on September 10, 2018, 17:55:48, in reply to "Circa 1908
....the ISW Katahdin I have I'm going to have to add that outhouse.
Philadelphia circa 1908: Ships at League Island Navy Yard. Cruisers Minneapolis and Columbia (center) and armored ram Katahdin .
Both the Columbia (CL-12) and the Minneapolis (CL-13) were in and out of service several time during their service years.
When this picture was taken the Columbia had been decommissioned since May 3, 1907 and would return to service on June 22, 1915. The Minneapolis was decommissioned November 7, 1906 and returned to service on July 2, 1917 at the beginning of World War I.
The Minneapolis was decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard in San Francisco Bay on 15 March 1921, and sold on 5 August 1921.
The Columbia decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard on June 29, 1921 and sold January 22, 1922.
The innovative, but weird Katahdin was obsolescent when designed, emulating British harbor rams of the 1870s-80s, and being, like them, underpowered and not very seaworthy. She was downright obsolete by the time she hit the waves in 1896. Immediately after the war she was decommissioned (October 1898). Eleven years later she was struck from the Navy Register and designated as a target. In that capacity, Katahdin was sunk off Rappahannock Spit, Virginia in the autumn of 1909.
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