[WWI] USS Oregon

Diego Fernetti dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
Wed Oct 24 11:05:54 EDT 2012

Very nice Eric! Any chance to show us more pictures, like details or in 
progress shots?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Bergerud" <rickt2 at prodigy.net>
To: <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:10 PM
Subject: [WWI] USS Oregon

> This doesn't quite make the WWI deadline but attached are photos of
> the USS Oregon within hours of finishing the Battle of Santiago in
> July 1898 and one of the model I made out of a heavy modified 1/225
> Glencoe version of the ship. The model is heavily weathered but I
> think the photo indicates this to be valid. Oregon was in San
> Francisco as relations soured with Spain and sailed in March. It made
> a 14,000 mile voyage around the Horn (almost sinking once) and went
> immediately to blockade duty upon arrival in Florida in May. Add it
> all together, she was at sea for a very long time -  longer than most
> of the marathon missions given to USN vessels in 1944. Anyway, that's
> a lot of coal dust and a lot of salt. As the armor guys would say,
> I'd describe Oregon in the photo as showing "distress." BTW: there
> are very few boats on the ship. During the battle Oregon towed the
> boats it had to avoid splinters (or so a wise head on Ship Modeler
> said) and had delegated the larger ones to Army supply duties which
> really makes sense. In the post sail but pre-wireless era there was
> pretty sparse rigging. Also slipped in an incredible photo of the
> Oregon's crew watching its main battery find the range of Cristabol
> Colon, the only Spanish ship with a reasonable
> Eric Bergerud, Albany CA
> Eric Bergerud, Albany CA 

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