Battleship Oregon Memorial
Battleship Oregon Memorial
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AnnArborMiBob
Ann Arbor, MI1,702 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
This memorial in Waterfront Park consists of the main mast of the U.S.S. Oregon. This battleship was already five years old when it distinguished itself in the Spanish American War by joining the cruiser Brooklyn in chasing down the Spanish cruiser Cristobal Colon; no other ships in the U.S. fleet were fast enough to do so. It was a training ship and also part of the coastal defense fleet in World War I, and then, on the verge of being scrapped, also served as an ammunition barge in World War II. This ship deserves to be remembered.
Written November 25, 2014
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,457 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
Strolling the Westside Riverwalk alongside the Willamette River in the City of Roses we came across this Memorial to the USMC & the men who served not just on the Battleship Oregon but all US Navy ships. The memorial is made up of the original fighting top of the old battleship and is tastefully done and has a nice viewpoint looking out over the river. There are several historical boards explaining the history and was a good stopping point. Funnily enough it wasn't shown on our tourist map of Portland but was a nice little find on our travels !
Written June 7, 2014
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runaway2travel
Kalamazoo, MI1,147 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
You can find this memorial down at the waterfront.

It is basically a mast from the old U.S.S. Oregon with a history of the ship, a plaque with the added details of how it came to be in Portland. There is not much here, but it was an interesting read on the many different uses of the ship and how it came to rest in the park.

One thing I will say is that there were a lot of homeless in the area. I mean, a lot! More than I have seen in any other city out west. While none of them were aggressive, it is something to keep in mind as they literally were everywhere you looked around the memorial, waterfront, etc..
Written April 26, 2018
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,663 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
The surviving mast of the Battleship USS Oregon is preserved in a respectful memorial to the ship which was used in three conflicts. The ship was famous for being the first US heavy battleship to sail around South America, when it made the journey in 66 days, to join the fight in Cuba during the Spanish-American war in 1898.
The memorial is well balanced and fitting.
Written March 17, 2016
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bryan61
Otley, UK886 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Walked passed here twice. The first time we couldn't get near to it for homeless people. The second time we were able to walk up to it and have a proper look. Not many ships will have done what she did.
Written September 16, 2015
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ovolacto
Colorado441 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
If you go to the Maritime Museum down by the river, you will not be able to miss this memorial. It is right next to the street in the same park that the Museum is in. There's really not much to see, but it is a nice memorial to the sailors who served in WWII, and others. The monument is not that big, but it does contain part of the actual ship that used to be a Museum itself. It's a must see for military, history buffs, or sailing fans.
Written August 8, 2017
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RSNN
Portland, OR6,303 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
The Battleship Oregon Memorial is located in downtown Portland, Oregon in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Memorial consists of the Mast from the USS Oregon (BB-3) a pre-dreadnought Indiana-class battleship. It was commissioned on July 15, 1896.

Initially the USS Oregon served with the Pacific Squadron. Later it sailed around South America to the East Coast in 1898. She took part in the battle of Santiago de Cuba during the war with Spain and acquired the nickname “Bulldog of the Navy”. She returned to the Pacific after the war with Spain. The USS Oregon spent time in the Phillippines during the Philippine-American war. And also spent some time in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

In 1925 the USS Oregon was loaned to the State of Oregon and used as a floating monument and museum in Portland.

Eventually, the USS Oregon was finally scrapped. And the mast found its way to the waterfront to become the main focal point of the Battleship Oregon Memorial. A time capsule was placed and sealed in the base of the memorial on July 4, 1976. The time capsule is schedule to be opened a hundred years later on July 5th.
Written April 13, 2017
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