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USS ''Olympia''

  • Ship
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Commissioned in 1881 and launched in 1892, the USS “Olympia” was part of “The White Fleet” sent to maintain constant attacks against Santiago, Cuba – during The Spanish-American War. “Olympia” was the Flagship for Admiral George Dewey during the famous Battle of Manila Bay (1898). She was 345 feet long and stood some 54 feet high (beam). She displaced some 6,500 tons. Powered by 6 boilers and twin triple expansion steam engines, she could easily make 25 miles per hour. Crewing over 400 Officers and Men, she was armed with (4) 8-inch cannon, (10) 5-inch guns, (14) 6-pounder cannon, (6) 1-pounder guns, (4) Gatling Guns and 6 Torpedos (Deck Launched). Her armor plating ranged from 2 to 4-inches thick. The USS “Olympia” was considered “State of The Art” in terms of then Naval weapons technology. She served with great distinction in The Spanish-American War. Afterwards, she served as a Training Ship for Naval Cadets and was reactivated in World War I as a Transport Ship. In 1921, “Olympia”, had the honor of transporting the “first” Unknown Soldier remains from France to New York (and final rest at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia). Restored as a Museum Ship in 1957, she is currently docked in Philadelphia. She is one of the last surviving examples of The Spanish-American War Naval Fleets left.