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By Finn J.D. John

Battleship U.S.S. Oregon was lost in Pearl Harbor attack – sort of


October 24, 2019


The U.S.S. Oregon in dry dock in 1898, two years after launch. When this photo was taken, the Oregon was the most famous warship in the country, and one of the most powerful.

Dec. 7, 1941, was a bad day for American battleships.

Four of the U.S. Navy's front-line battleships – the Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia and California – were sunk or destroyed. Four more were beached or badly damaged.

And far across the ocean, the fate of another storied battleship was sealed as well: The U.S.S. Oregon, hero of the Spanish-American War, which was then resting quietly at a dock in Portland as a museum ship.

Time never was on the U.S.S. Oregon's side. She was launched in 1896, in the middle of a remarkable period of torrid innovation and development in the history o...

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