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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassIndiana-class Battleship
Hull NumberBB-3
Laid Down19 Nov 1891
Launched19 Nov 1893
Commissioned26 Oct 1893
Decommissioned1 Jan 1956
Displacement10,288 tons standard
Length348 feet
Beam69 feet
Draft24 feet
Bunkerage1,594 tons of coal
Speed17 knots
Range5,500nm at 10 knots
Armament4x13-in, 8x8-in, 4x6-in, two Colt gatling guns, 3 torpedo tubes
Armor18-in sides, 6-17-in turrets


ww2dbaseCommissioned in 1893, USS Oregon was one of United States' first true battleships. Although she was a veteran of international conflicts such as the Boxer Rebellion and WW1, by WW2 this last-standing Indiana-class battleship was near obsolescence. In 1922 she was nearly scrapped under the Washington Treaty, but she was saved by her record in the Spanish-American War. At the onset of WW2 for the United States, since she sailed at the speed of the Liberty cargo ships, notions to recommission her as an escort vessel were toyed with but ultimately not pursued. In 1943, the need for ships with large transport capacities finally called for her recommissioning by the US Navy, recalling her to service as an ammunition hulk at Guam, Mariana Islands. After the war, she broke loose during a typhoon and became stranded 500 miles away from Guam. She was recovered and was scrapped in Japan in 1956.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center

Last Major Revision: Dec 2005

Battleship Oregon (BB-3) Interactive Map


6-pounder gun and crew aboard USS Oregon, circa 1898Breech of after turret 13-inch guns aboard USS Oregon, circa 1898
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Oregon Operational Timeline

26 Oct 1893 Oregon was commissioned into service.
6 Jul 1901 Battleship USS Oregon entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an extended overhaul that lasted over a year.
27 Apr 1906 USS Oregon decommissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
29 Aug 1911 USS Oregon was recommissioned.
1 Jan 1956 Oregon was decommissioned from service.

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1. Anonymous says:
9 Aug 2015 03:33:19 PM

I have a post card of this beauty; grandson is going to sell on some sites I think; I would like to know what her last trip was that his post card might be from? I see a pix of her for sale on a webpage of cardcow but no info such as this. Things were done right in them thar days! This is super neat info

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6-pounder gun and crew aboard USS Oregon, circa 1898Breech of after turret 13-inch guns aboard USS Oregon, circa 1898
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