Cruiser USS West Virginia in Portland Harbor - c. 1911


Cruiser USS West Virginia in Portland Harbor

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The USS West Virginia, a Pennsylvania class armored cruiser, was commissioned in 1905 and initially served as part of the Atlantic fleet before joining the Pacific fleet in 1908. We're estimating the date of this view of her in the Portland harbor as 1911, as it shows her newly created cage mast, added in late 1910. At that time, cage masts were being added to many USS ships, in order to make the observation posts mounted on the masts less vulnerable to shells from enemy ships. As a side effect, their flexibility provided a wild ride for sailors manning their heights. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0591
Photographer Unknown
Location Portland, Multnomah County
Subject Military
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.4 x 5.4 inches
Photographer's Number No