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An in depth look at the history of the 1900's era St Louis Class Cruiser and its game play performance in World of Warships. 



I actually got the picture of the USS Charleston breakwater partially wrong. The wreck is in that frame but its the one at the top of the frame and not the one in focus. Here is a link to a better and more accurate picture. 
- http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2218583

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History of the class:
One could fairly describe the St Louis Class a mess of a design. The class was originally to be a Olympia class protected cruiser with 8 inch guns. But part way through the ships development the decision was made to increase the ships displacement from 6000 tons to 9700 tons. It was also decided to slap on additional armor but increased the weight even more. Because of those choices the ships speed was severely reduced because of the additional weight. In an attempt to try and alleviate the issue the guns were downgraded from 8 inch guns to 6 inch guns. So now the ship wasn’t as fast as a conventional protected cruiser, had less armor than a armored cruiser, and also didn’t carry the firepower needed to take on a traditional armored cruiser. In essence she was slow, couldn’t take hits from other cruisers of the era, and couldn’t deliver the same punch as her counterparts both in the US Navy and foreign Navy’s. The Kriegsmarine had just commissioned the armored cruiser Furst Bismarck in 1900, just as the St Louis class was being designed, and the Furst Bismarck would have easily been capable of taking on the St Louis class ships.  
Only 3 ships of the class were built; the USS Milwaukee, the USS St Louis, and the USS Charleston.
USS Milwaukee was built on the US West Coast in San Francisco. In 1913 she was reactivated after a brief descomission and in 1914 was based in San Diego primarily as a submarine tender. Her main highlight came when she was assisting in salvaging a submarine that had ran aground in Northern California. She was under the temporary command of the vastly inexperienced Lieutenant William F. Newton. Disregarding the advice of local mariners, Newton succeeded in grounding the Milwaukee so thoroughly that she would never be recovered. A year after grounding a storm broke the ship in two and her hulk was sold for scrap.
USS St louis and USS Charleston served as convoy escorts ferrying troops and supplies across the Atlantic during the first world war. Both ships survived the duty and both went on to be sold for scrap. The only surviving hull is that of the USS Charleston, she was ran aground and serves as a breakwater for Kelsey Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The hull is still there today although it‘s barely recognizable.

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Good video.  I read that about once a year at the lowest tide you can walk out on the beach right to the wreck of the Milwaukee.  About 2/3's of the ship is still there, but mostly under the sand.  I met a person who grew up in Eureka, CA and has done this and he says on really good days you can look down into the engine room.

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