St. Louis-class cruiser (1905)

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USS St. Louis (C-20)
Class overview
Name: St. Louis-class cruiser
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: Denver-class cruiser
Succeeded by: Pensacola-class cruiser
Completed: 3
Lost: 1
Retired: 2
Preserved: 0
General characteristics
Type: Protected Cruiser
(Heavy Cruiser)
Displacement: 9,700 tons
Length: 426.6 ft (130.0 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 24.10 ft (7.35 m)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Complement: 673 officers and enlisted
Armament: 14×6"
18×3"
12×3 pdrs.
8×1 pdrs.
4×30 cal. machine guns

The St. Louis class cruiser were a group of three protected cruisers used by the United States Navy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Class history[edit]

Authorized in 1900, the St. Louis-class cruiser initially began as an improved Columbia-class cruiser. However, during the design phase, decisions were made to increase the size of the vessel from 6,000 tons to 9,700 tons. Other decisions were made to try to increase speed, such as using smaller 6-inch (152 mm) guns instead of 8-inch (203 mm) guns. Also, armor was increased which led to the need for a larger powerplant for the ship. The completed ship at 9,700 tons was the same displacement as a full armored cruiser without the same armor or armament.

St. Louis class ships[edit]

See also[edit]

Media related to St. Louis class cruisers (1905) at Wikimedia Commons

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