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C-2 USS Charleston

The Charleston was one of the US Navy's protected cruisers. The term refers to a design in which most of the ship's armor was placed in an internal deck which protected the vital boilers and steam engines. She was armed with two 8" guns and displaced 3700 tons.

 

During the Spanish-American War of 1898 the Charleston led a force which occupied the island of Guam. (The Spanish authorities were rather surprised, no one having notified them that a state of war existed.) From there she proceeded to the Philppines, where her guns were used to support army operations against insurgents. In November 1899 she ran aground on a coral reef and had to be abandoned by her crew.

 

Model photographed on board the USS Yorktown at the Patriot's Point Maritime Museum in Charleston, SC.

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Taken on June 11, 2006