USS Rochester


USS New York was an armored cruiser laid down by William Cramp & Sons in Philadelphia September 1890. She was launched in December 1891, and entered service in the US Navy two years later. She did service in Central America and Asia, and participated in the Spanish-American war of 1898. In 1911 she was renamed to USS Saratoga and six years later to USS Rochester. She participated in operations outside Mexico in September 1917, and stopped a steamer with enemy agents, and resumed escort duties for the rest of the war. After the armistice in November 1918, she transported soldiers home from Europe. Different missions followed again in Central America'd, before she was sent to Asia in 1932. The year after she was decommissioned and laid up in Subic Bay. After the Japanese joined second world war in early December 1941, USS Rochester was still at anchor in the bay. She was deliberately scutlled 24.December 1941 to prevent the ship falling into Japanese hands. The wreck rest today on a depth of 15 to 20 meter.

Former names:
USS Rochester
USS New York, USS Saratoga 384,0 x 64,1 x 23,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
8150 displ
Philadelphia ( US ) 1891 ( US )
 14°48'18" N   120°16'46" E

Picture: USS New York
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