all spoons are sterling
1. Battleship Connecticut is an acid etched picture, Reed &
Barton pattern handle
2. USS New York battleship, unknown manufacturer
3. USR Independence, Wallace Silversmiths
4. demi, US Battleship Oregon, Towle
5. demi, New York's Sampson, no manufacturer mark
Acid etched view of the Battleship Connecticut
There have been several ships by this name. This one is #18 and it was
a 16,000 ton class six battleship built in New York and commissioned in
She became the flagship of the Atlantic fleet and led the fleet in an
historic around the world cruise ending in 1909
There have been seven battleships named the USS New York
I am unsure which version this poor engraving is supposed to represent
The spoon says "Galveston" which was probably one of its ports of call
also see the USS New York spoon below
The USRS Independence was a wooden hulled three masted ship which
was the first to be commissioned by the US Navy in 1836
The ship served in the Mexican - American War and in the Mediterranean
It was at the Mare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, Cal) until 28
It was sold to a private party to be converted into a restaurant for
the Pan Pacific World Fair (PPIE) in San Francisco, but that project
was never completed
This hand engraved demi spoon reflects an important aspect of US
The US Navy wanted long range battleships, but some members of
Congress objected saying that they should only be used for coastal
Theodore Roosevelt overcame Congressional opposition -- thus the
USS Oregon became a class of 'sea going coast line battleships'
(oxymoron). The Oregon became one of the first true battleships
At the outbreak of the Spanish American War, the Oregon was ordered to
Florida. It made the record 14,700 mile trip around the S. American
horn and through the dangerous waters of the Straits of Magellan
in an impressive 67 days and its progress was closely followed by the
American public via newspapers.
During the Battle of Santiago, the Oregon was very active and was a
major reason for the victory against the Cristobal Colon.
In 1900, the Oregon carried US troops to quell the Boxer Rebellion in
Despite being decommissioned in 1914, she was later recommissioned and
served as the US Pacific Fleet flagship during the Great War.
In 1925, she became a floating monument in Portland, Oregon
Commissioned on 8/1/1893, The USS New York was the flagship of the
Atlantic fleet and was commanded by Admiral Sampson.
She participated in a bombardment of San Juan, Puerto Rico on 5/12/1898
and then sailed to Santiago Harbor, Cuba where the Spanish fleet was
She arrived too late to play a major part in this battle, but as the
lead vessel she received much of the acclaim.
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