USS Colorado (ACR-7)

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USS Colorado (ACR-7)
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Name: USS Colorado (1905-1916)
USS Pueblo (1916-1930)
Launched: 25 April 1903
Commissioned: 19 January 1905
Decommissioned: 28 September 1927
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1930
General characteristics
Class and type: Pennsylvania-class cruiser
Displacement: 13,680 tons
Length: 504 ft (154 m)
Beam: 69 ft 6 in (21.18 m)
Draft: 26 ft 1 in (7.95 m)
Propulsion: 2 × vertical, inverted, triple expansion engines
23,000 ihp (17,000 kW)
2 × screws
Speed: 22 kn (25 mph; 41 km/h)
Complement: 830 officers and men
Armament: 4 × 8 in (200 mm)/40 cal guns, 14 × 6 in (150 mm)/50 cal guns, 18 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 12 × 3-pounders (47 mm (1.9 in)), 2 × 1-pounders (37 mm (1.5 in)), 2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

The second USS Colorado (ACR-7), also referred to "Armored Cruiser No. 7", and later renamed Pueblo (CA-7), was a United States Navy Pennsylvania-class armored cruiser.

She was launched on 25 April 1903 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sponsored by Miss C. M. Peabody, and commissioned on 19 January 1905, Captain D. Kennedy in command.

Pre-World War I

Joining the Atlantic Fleet on 11 October 1905, Colorado trained and took part in drills along the east coast and in the Caribbean — as well as participating in ceremonies — until 7 September 1906, when she sailed for duty on the Asiatic Station. After cruising to Japan and China to represent American interests in the Far East, she returned to the west coast on 27 September 1907 for exercises along the Californian and Mexican coasts, in the Hawaiian Islands, and off Central and South America. She served again in the Far East from September 1909-February 1910. Ceremonial visits and receptions for dignitaries highlighted the next two years, and from November 1911-July 1912, Colorado returned to the Far East for duty. Between August and November, she sailed to land and support expeditionary troops at Corinto, Nicaragua, then patrolled Mexican waters until placed in reduced commission at Puget Sound Navy Yard on 17 May 1913.

Once more in full commission from 9 February-26 September 1915, she continued on active duty as flagship of the Pacific Reserve Fleet, patrolling in Mexican waters during the revolution and then returned to reserve status.

World War I

She was renamed Pueblo (CA-7) on 9 November 1916 while in overhaul, after which she returned to Mexico, to blockade interned German ships. She returned to full commission upon the entry of the United States into World War I, and as flagship of the Scouting Force patrolled the South Atlantic, protecting shipping, paying diplomatic calls to South American ports, and preventing the sailing of German and Austrian ships interned at Bahia, Brazil. Pueblo returned to Norfolk, Virginia on 18 January 1918, and from 5 February-16 October made seven voyages to escort convoys carrying men and supplies to England. After carrying the Brazilian ambassador to the United States to Rio de Janeiro, she returned to transatlantic duty, making six voyages between Hoboken and Brest, France, to bring veterans of the American Expeditionary Force home. She arrived at Philadelphia on 8 August 1919 and was placed in reduced commission until decommissioned on 22 September. In commission for the last time from 2 April 1921-28 September 1927, Pueblo served as receiving ship in the 3rd Naval District. She was scrapped on 2 October 1930.


  • This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here and here.
  • Alden, John D. American Steel Navy: A Photographic History of the U.S. Navy from the Introduction of the Steel Hull in 1883 to the Cruise of the Great White Fleet. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1989. ISBN 0870212486
  • Friedman, Norman. U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1984. ISBN 0870217186
  • Musicant, Ivan. U.S. Armored Cruisers: A Design and Operational History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1985. ISBN 0870217143
  • Taylor, Michael J.H. (1990). Jane's Fighting Ships of World War I. Studio. ISBN 1-85170-378-0. 

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