Atlanta Class Cruiser (1884)

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Two Atlanta Class cruisers were completed for the U.S. Navy in the mid-1880s.

Overview of two vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
Atlanta John Roach 8 November, 1883 9 October, 1884 19 July, 1886 Sold 10 June, 1912
Boston John Roach 15 November, 1883 4 December, 1884 2 May, 1887 Sunk 8 April, 1946


Congressional partisan allegations drove the Atlantas' contracted shipyard, John Roach, into bankruptcy, and both ships had to be completed at New York Navy Yard.[1][2]




  • two 8-inch/30 caliber
  • six 6-inch/30 caliber
  • two 6-pounders
  • two 3-pounders
  • two 1-pounders
  • two 47mm Hotchkiss Revolvers
  • two 37mm Hotchkiss Revolvers
  • two Gatlings

See Also


  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 150.
  2. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 19.
  3. Friedman. U.S. Cruisers. p. 457.


  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on and
  • Friedman, Norman (1985). U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. (on and
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.

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