Six USS Baltimores have sailed the world’s seas
Throughout the nation’s history, six Navy vessels have borne the name Baltimore, the first being a 12-gun brigantine that sailed from 1777 to 1780, when it sank off Cape Henry, Va.
Laid down in 1798, the second USS Baltimore, which carried 20 guns, served the Navy until it was sold in 1801.
The next Baltimore was a sidewheel steamer that was built in1848, captured by the Union Army in1861, and turned over to the Navy, where it served until being decommissioned and sold in 1865.
The cruiser USS Baltimore was launched in 1888, and served in the Spanish-American War and World War I, and was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The vessel was sold for scrap in 1942.
The 17,000-ton heavy cruiser USS Baltimore was launched July 28, 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Corp.’s Quincy, Mass., shipyard.
The cruiser spent World War II in the Pacific and acquired nine battle stars by war’s end.
Decommissioned in 1946, the Baltimore was recommissioned in 1951 and joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
The ship made a three-day visit to its namesake city on Nov. 23, 1952.
Assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet in 1955, the Baltimore was decommissioned in 1956 and scrapped in 1972.
The last vessel to carry the city’s name was the Los Angeles-class submarine SSN-704, launched in 1980 and decommissioned in 1998.