USS OREGON battleship model
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.
February 15, 1898, after the armored cruiser USS Maine
blew up in Havana,
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
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,
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.
Oregon's foremast survives today in Tom McCall
Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon.
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
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- Light rust appearance
to give the ship a tough battle look.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
x 19"W x 22" T
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