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Battleship Oregon Memorial

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runaway2travel wrote a review Apr 2018
Kalamazoo, Michigan1,155 contributions417 helpful votes
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..
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Date of experience: April 2018
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ovolacto wrote a review Aug 2017
Colorado442 contributions228 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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RSNN wrote a review Apr 2017
Portland, Oregon6,401 contributions263 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Robert S wrote a review Mar 2016
Lawrence, Kansas2,668 contributions522 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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bryan61 wrote a review Sep 2015
Otley, United Kingdom890 contributions268 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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