Six USS Bal­ti­mores have sailed the world’s seas

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen THEN AND NOW fras­mussen@balt­sun.com

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.

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