So how did a ship that originally belonged to the Royal Navy become a US Navy ship? She was captured during the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. After the battle she was used as a hospital ship. Three days after her capture, a gale swept Lake Erie and demasted her, effectively making her a hulk. She was then towed to Erie, PA and eventually sold for scrap in 1925.
The next USS Detroit never came to be. She was intended to be a screw steamer and was laid down in 1865 at the New York Navy Yard. However, the Civil War ended and she was finally cancelled and broken up.
In 1869, she was recommissioned as the USS Detroit but she would only wear that name briefly and would regain her original name. In 1875, she was again decommissioned and sold for scrap in 1884.
She was launched on October 28, 1891 from the Columbian Iron Works in Baltimore, Maryland. She was officially commissioned on July 20, 1893. She first sailed to Rio de Janeiro to protect Americans there during a Brazillian revolution. During that tour, she engaged the Brazillian cruiser Trajano. She then sailed on to Japan and China.
During the Spanish-American War she would shell several cities and participated in the bombardment of San Juan. After the war, she participated against rebellions in Nicaragua and Venezuela. She was sold for scrap in 1910.
The next USS Detroit (CL-8) was a light cruiser that was launched from the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts on June 29, 1922. Her first duty was to help in one of the first aerial circumnavigations for the US Army Aerial Service in 1924. In 1927, she transported the US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg from Ireland to France for negotiations of the treaty that would later be known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact which was a pact that would renounce war as an instrument of national policy.
On December 7th, 1941, she was moored next to the USS Raleigh during the Japanese attack on the harbor. She was then used as a convoy escort. She served as a flagship during patrols between Attu and Adak. She would also be used to prevent Japanese reinforcements from reaching the Aleutian Islands. She covered the landings for the retaking of Kiska.
After her service in the Aleutians, she was used to patrol the western coast of South America. On September 1, 1945, she would sail into Tokyo Bay to participate in the surrender ceremonies there. She and the USS West Virginia would be the only two ships that were present at Pearl Harbor to take part in the surrender ceremonies. On February 27, 1946, she would be sold for scrap.
The last picture is mine from this afternoon. The rest come from Wikipedia.