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Cincinnati-class cruiser
Class overview
Name: Cincinnati-class protected cruiser
Operators:  United States Navy
Succeeded by: Columbia class
Planned: 2
Completed: 2
Scrapped: 2
General characteristics
Type: Protected cruiser
Length: 305 ft 9 in (93.19 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)
Range: 2,900 miles at 10 knots
Complement: 312

1 × 6 in (152 mm), 8 × 5 in (127 mm); (secondary) eight 6-pounder, two 1-pounder, two revolving cannons, and one Gatling gun

6 × torpedo tubes

The Cincinnati-class cruisers were two small protected cruisers built for the United States Navy in the early 1890s.[1][2]

The Cincinnati-class cruisers were authorized by an Act of Congress approved September 7, 1888, in the same bill with New York, Olympia and the Montgomery class.[2][3]


As the U.S. Navy began to rebuild its fleet with steel-hulled vessels to keep pace with the advance of naval technology in the 1880s, it explored a wide range of design concepts. Among the approaches to the protected cruiser design was that of a small and fast commerce raider and in the 1888 naval appropriations bill, Congress set aside money to build two such vessels.[1][3]

In May 1889, the Department of the Navy invited proposals for the construction of two cruisers of about 3,000 tons displacement each, at a cost of not more than $1,100,000 each. William Cramp and Sons was the only shipbuilder to respond, but with a bid in excess of the limit; the Department of the Navy exercised an option in the appropriation bill to construct the cruisers in its own yards; Cruiser no. 7 (Cincinnati) was constructed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, while Raleigh would be built at Norfolk.[2]

Cincinnati-class ships


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