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Cleveland Class Light Cruisers: CL-55 to CL-105
Model featured: CL-103 USS Wilkes-Barre
- circa 1946 -

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Essentially an improved version of the pre-war Brooklyn Class design, the the Cleveland Class of light cruisers had one less 6-inch gun turret in order to carry a much larger anti-aircraft battery. Built in larger numbers than any other cruiser class in history, 39 hulls were ordered of which 27 were completed as cruisers, 9 as Independence Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carriers, and 3 hulls were cancelled.

The Cleveland cruiser design had four triple 6" guns, six twin 5" guns, four twin 40mm (later four quad and six twin 40mm) and ten 20mm. The ships carried four seaplanes that were launched from two aft catapults.

The Cleveland design was very successful - especially in the Pacific Theatre where many of the ships saw extensive action and  proved able to withstand very heavy battle damage. The powerful anti-aircraft armament became increasing important against Kamikaze attacks, and not a single ship was lost in combat.

Most of the Clevelamd Class ships were extensively modified. From CL-66 onwards the aluminum deckhouse was replaced by a steel one.

Badly overloaded by 1945, most of the class was scrapped in the late 1950s to early 1960s. However, six ships were converted to missile cruisers in the late 1950s and continued to serve for a decade or more afterwards. Those ships were Galveston, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Providence, Springfield and Topeka.

CL-92 Little Rock, serves today as a memorial in Buffalo New York while CL-103 Wilkes-Barre is an artificial reef in the Florida Keys.

 

Cleveland Class specifications, as built

Length

610 ft 1 in
Beam 66 ft 4 in
Displacement 10,370 tons, 14,890 tons full load
Power Plant 4 1200psi boilers, 4 geared turbines
Screws + SHP 4 screws 100,000 SHP total
Speed 32.5 knots
Crew 1255
Aircraft Four float planes, two catapults
Armament 4 triple 6" guns, 6 twin 5" guns, 4 twin 40mm (later 4 quad and 6 twin 40mm), 20-20mm's

 

Listing of Cleveland Class Light Cruisers
Hull # Ship's Name Commissioned Fate
CL-55 Cleveland Jul 1942 Sold for scrap, 1960
CL-56 Columbia Jul 1942 Sold for scrap, 1959
CL-57 Montpelier Sep 1942 Sold for scrap, 1960
CL-58 Denver Oct 1942 Sold for scrap, 1960
CL-59 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL - 22 Independence
CL-60 Santa Fe Nov 1942 Sold for scrap, 1959
CL-61

Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-23 Princeton

CL-62

Birmingham

Jan 1943 Sold for scrap, 1959
CL-63 Mobile Mar 1943 Sold for scrap, 1959
CL-64 Vincennes (ex Flint) Jul 1943 Sunk as a target 1969
CL-65 Pasadena Jun 1944 Sold for scrap, 1972
CL-66 Springfield Sep 1944 Converted to missile cruiser CLG-7in 1957, sold for scrap, 1980
CL-67 Topeka Dec 1944 Converted to missile cruiser CLG-8 in 1957, sold for scrap, 1975
CA-68 to CA-75 Baltimore Class Heavy Cruisers
CL-76 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-24 Belleau Wood
CL-77 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-25 Cowpens
CL-78 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-26 Monterey
CL-79 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-28 Cabot
CL-80 Biloxi Aug 1943 Sold for scrap, 1962
CL-81 Houston Dec 1943 Sold for scrap, 1960
CL-82 Providence May 1945 Converted to missile cruiser CLG-6 in 1957, sold for scrap, 1980
CL-83 Manchester Oct 1946 Sold for scrap, 1960
CL-84 Buffalo Cancelled  
CL-85 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-27 Langley
CL-86 Vicksburg Jun 1944 Sold for scrap, 1964
CL-87 Duluth Sep 1944 Sold for scrap, 1960
CL-88 Newark Cancelled  
CL-89 Miami Dec 1943 Sold for scrap, 1962
CL-90 Astoria May 1944 Sold for scrap, 1971
CL-91 Oklahoma City Dec 1944 Converted to missile cruiser CLG-5 in 1957, sunk as target, 1999
CL-92 Little Rock Jun 1945 Converted to missile cruiser CLG-4 in 1957.
Opened as a memorial in Buffalo, NY, June 30th, 1979.
CL-93 Galveston May 1958 Converted to missile cruiser CLG-3  in 1956, sold for scrap,1973
CL-94 Youngstown Cancelled  
CL-95 to CL-98 Oakland Class Light Cruisers
CL-99 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-29 Bataan
CL-100 Completed as Independence Class Aircraft Carrier CVL-30 San Jacinto
CL-101 Amsterdam Jan 1945 Sold for scrap, 1972
CL-102 Portsmouth Jun 1945 Sold for scrap, 1974
CL-103 Wilkes-Barre Jul 1944 Sunk in underwater explosive test off Florida Keys, 1972.
Serves an an artificial reef.
CL-104 Atlanta Dec 1944 Converted to a test ship for high energy air explosions 1964 and sunk during a test in 1970
Cl-105 Dayton Jan 1945 Sold for scrap, 1962

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