The Rochester Hauls Down Her Colors
On September 7, 1888, an Act of Congress authorized the construction of Armored Cruiser No. 2, and on December 2, 1891, the ship was launched at the shipyard of William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., and christened U. S. S. New York after the great city of that name. She went into her first commission at Philadelphia August 1, 1893, the last word in naval construction and design justly known as "the Pride of the Navy."
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