|New Orleans-class cruiser (1896)|
|Builders:||Armstrong Whitworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
|Operators:||United States Navy|
|General characteristics |
|Displacement:||3,769 long tons (3,829 t)|
|Length:||354 ft 5 in (108.03 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft 9 in (13.34 m)|
|Draft:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
4 × double-ended coal-fired Scotch marine boilers|
2 × Inverted vertical triple expansion engines (by Humphreys & Tennant in New Orleans, Hawthorn Leslie in Albany)
7,500 hp (5,593 kW)
822 tons of coal
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
The New Orleans-class of protected cruisers of the United States Navy comprised only two ships which were fitting out or building for the Brazilian Navy at Elswick, near Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, by Armstrong Whitworth. The Brazilian Navy had ordered three Elswick cruisers, but already sold the first ship during building to Chile. One ship was delivered to Brazil named Almirante Barroso. The third ship was fitting out as Amazonas and another was on order as Almirante Abreu.
The Almirante Abreu became USS Albany (CL-23) and was too late to see service in Spanish-American War. She served first in the Philippine-American War and then in World War I and the Russian civil war in Siberia.
In 1920 they were classified as gunboats, but in 1921 were reclassified as light cruisers. Both cruisers were decommissioned in 1922 and were sold for scrapping in 1930.
- New Orleans class cruiser unrelated New Orleans-class cruisers in commission 1930s-1950s.
- "U.S. Protected Cruisers of the 1880s-90s". cityofart.net. 2012. http://www.cityofart.net/bship/us_prot_cruisers.html#ussno. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "USS New Orleans". history.navy.mil. 2007. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/n4/new_orleans-i.htm. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "USS Albany". history.navy.mil. 2004. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a5/albany-iii.htm. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
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