USS Olympia, Oldest Steel Warship Afloat


The Olympia (C-6) is the oldest steel warship afloat anywhere in the world and the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War. She served as flagship of Commodore George Dewey's fleet during the Spanish-American War, and is a veteran of World War I.

Dewey delivered his famous order, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," on Olympia's decks on May 1, 1898 in Manila Bay in the Philippines. The attack devastated the Spanish fleet, helping to catapult the United States into the role of superpower. Read more »

Description (physical):

Length: 344 feet
Beam: 53 feet
Displacement: 5,870 tons
Crew: 33 Officers, 396 enlisted men
Top Speed: 22 knots (25mph)
Coal Consumption at Top Speed: 633 lbs./minute

Philadelphia, PA
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