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USS OREGON battleship model
"McKinley's Bulldog"

USS OREGON was laid down in San Francisco in 1891, immediately in the wake of the publication of the first volume of Alfred Thayer Mahan's Influence of Seapower on History. USS OREGON carried a heavy main armament, displacing 11,000 tons, carried 4 13" and 8 8" guns, and could make 16 knots.  She represented the starting point of the US Navy's creation of the world's most powerful navy.  

On February 15, 1898, after the armored cruiser USS Maine blew up in Havana, USS OREGON raced from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  She arrived in the Cuba theater of operations on May 24 and took part in the destruction of the Spanish Fleet at Santiago, Cuba.  USS OREGON took actions against eight Spanish vessels in that engagement.  She was called "McKinley's bulldog" at the battle because she appeared as a tough dog, speeding into a fight, and the white wake off her bow was said to appear as a "bone" clenched in her teeth.

Redeployed to the Pacific after the war, USS OREGON spent considerable time in East Asia, including duty on station during the Boxer Rebellion.  In 1923, Oregon was demilitarized and loaned to the state of Oregon as a floating museum.  She was moored for what was expected to be a permanent stay in Portland, Oregon.  However, during World War II , the OREGON was used as scrap metal.

Oddly, the Navy determined that it didn't actually need the scrap, and the process was halted after the guns and the superstructure had been removed.  The hulk then was reclassified and used as a munitions ship in the Pacific campaign.  In 1956 the hulk was sold to a Japanese scrapyard.

USS Oregon's foremast survives today in Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon.

  USS OREGON MODEL USS OREGON MODEL SHIP
 


Like all of our Spanish-American warship models, this USS Oregon battleship model features:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs and looks like a toy rather than a nautical art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

- Light rust appearance to give the ship a tough battle look.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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 40" L
x 19"W x 22" T     $2,200    S & H is $90    

 

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case

And please click on the blue wordings to check out our beautiful Spanish American warship models USS Olympia and USS Maine.
                                                                                                                                                                  

 

A copy of this model was purchased by the Navy Operational Support Center in Portland, OR.  It is displayed next to the USS Oregon's anchor.

"The Oregon looks great and was shipped 100% intact we love it THANK YOU!!!!
Kurtis Patterson

Navy Operational Support Center, Portland, OR"