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Legacy Library: USS California (Armored Cruiser No. 6)

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CollectionsYour library (1,533), Ship's Library (703), Crew's Library (830), All collections (1,533)


TagsCrew's Library (830), Ship's Library (703), American and English Fiction and Essays (519), Biography (116), Useful Arts (91), Naval and Military History (72), Africa and Asia (68), United States (65), Natural Sciences (57), Naval and Military Arts (49) — see all tags

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About meUSS California, a 13,680-ton Pennsylvania class armored cruiser, was built at San Francisco, California. She was commissioned in August 1907, and spent the next ten years serving in the Pacific. California regularly operated along the North American west coast, with occasional cruises to Hawaii and other oceanic islands. In 1912, she briefly deployed to the western Pacific for service on the Asiatic Station.

In September 1914 California was renamed San Diego to make her original name available for assignment to a battleship. She frequently was employed as Pacific Fleet flagship between then and July 1917, when she was sent to the Atlantic for World War I service. San Diego operated as a convoy escort in the North Atlantic until 19 July 1918, when she was sunk off Fire Island, New York, probably by a German mine. San Diego was the only major warship lost by the United States in World War I.

About my libraryList of works from Catalogue of Ship's and Crew's Libraries of the U.S.S. California (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905).

Note: because the catalog does not provide edition information, the editions included here are potential only (i.e. 1905 or earlier) and do not necessarily reflect the exact edition held on the ship.


Real nameUSS California (Armored Cruiser No. 6)

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