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American Armoured Cruiser






Class/Type: Tennessee Class Cruiser

Displacement: 145000 tons

Length: 153.75 meters

Breadth: 22.2 meters

Shafts: 2 along with 2 vertical triple expansion steam engines

Engine: 16 Babcock and Wilcox boilers

Power: 23000 h.p.

Top speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)



4 - 250 mm/40 cal Mark 3 guns

16 - 150 mm/50 cal Mark 8 guns

22 - 76 mm/50 cal guns

4 - 530 mm submerged torpedo tubes



Belt: 76mm - 127mm

Turrets: 76mm - 230mm

Deck: 76mm - 152mm



Built by William Cramp and Sons, USS Tennessee was laid down on 20th June 1903, launched on 3rd December 1904 and finally commissioned on 17 June 1906.


 USS Tennessee patrolled the Californian coast until 24th August 1908 just to experience and suffer a boiler explosion, killing 7 crewmen. It happened few minutes after the rear admiral in charge had a inspection tour on the ship. Once repairs had been made and her tour had ended, Tennessee sailed for Samoa, arriving at Pago Pago on 23 September to resume service with the Pacific Fleet. On 15 May 1910, she arrived at Bahía Blanca to represent the United States at the centenary celebration of the independence of Argentina. On 8 November, the armored cruiser departed Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and proceeded to Charleston, South Carolina, to embark President William Howard Taft for a round trip voyage to Panama to inspect further progress on the canal. She returned to Hampton Roads on 22 November and then engaged in battle practice off the Virginia coast into February 1911. Following a Mardi Gras visit to New Orleans and a visit to New York early in March, the ship steamed to Cuban waters for two months of operations out of Guantanamo Bay.


 Not much action was seen for dear ol USS Tennessee during the First Balkan War. She was placed reserve in Portsmouth Naval Yard on 15th June 1911 until 12th November 1912 where she sets sail for the Mediterranean. She remains in Izmir, Turkey, on 1st December to 3rd May 1913 where she defend the American citizens and property throughout the war.


Just like the First Balkan War, dear ol USS Tennessee didn't get to be a big part of the war. On 2 May 1914, she became receiving ship at the New York Navy Yard. On 6 August, Tennessee sailed from New York for duty in Europe through the first half of 1915 supporting the American Relief Expedition by carrying gold and other resources to assist in the extraction of American refugees from war-ravaged Europe.


On 25 May, Tennessee was renamed Memphis, honoring a city of Tennessee, so that the name "Tennessee" could be reassigned to a new warship, Battleship No. 43 (USS Tennessee BB). In July 1916, under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach, Sr., the ship got underway for the Caribbean arriving at Santo Domingo on 23 July for peace-keeping patrol off the rebellion-torn Dominican Republic.


On 29th August 1916, USS Memphis was struck by numerous of huge waves at Santo Domingo harbour. Water enters via gun ports and ventilation, causing flooding. The boiler was badly damage from the constant battering from the waves. The waves pushed the Memphis up to the beach, continue to batter her into complete wreckage.


Memphis was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 17 December 1917 and sold to the A. H. Radetsky Iron and Metal Company of Denver, Colorado on 17 January 1922 for scrapping for the sum of $3000.





29 August 1916


17 January 1922


After reading back, I can already sense that there are tons of mistakes that I might not noticed. So dear historians and warships experts, do tell if there's any inaccuracy or something to add or point out. Don't want to spread the wrong info in the historical section now, would we?


Edited by Subete_Yoi

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Beta Tester
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Thread updated with info.


Need Confirmation on the wreckage part!

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