Sunday, 4 June 2017

American armoured cruiser USS Maryland performed well during gunnery exercises according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1911-1912 no. 3


An item reported that the American armoured cruiser USS Maryland had a hit percentage of around 40% when firing with the main guns over a distance of 9 kilometres in worse weather and sea conditions.(1)

1. Of the Pennsylvania-class consisting of the Pennsylvania (renamed Pittsburgh), West Virginia (renamed Huntington), California (renamed San Diego), Colorado (renamed Pueblo), Maryland (renamed Frederick) and South Dakota (renamed Huron). Built under the fiscal years 1900-1901.Preceded by the USS Brooklyn (ACR-3) and succeeded by the Tennessee-class. The considered modernisation in 1922-1923 of the Pennsylvania-class is never executed. It included new boilers and engines resulting in an increased speed of 25-27 knots, better protection and the new 3-20,3cm/8”/55 cal gun turrets. Also known as Armored Cruiser No. 8. Building ordered on 7 June 1900, laid down by Newport News Drydock&Shipbuilding Co., Newport News. Virginia, USA on 29 October 1901, baptized by Miss F. Pardee, launched on 12 September 1903, commissioned on 18 April 1905, renamed Frederick on 9 November 1916, decommissioned on 14 February 1922, stricken on 13 November 1929 and sold to be broken up on 11 February 1930. Contracted building costs for hull and machinery 3.775.000 US dollars. Hull pennants ACR-8 and since 17 July 1920 CA-8.