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USS Olympia Review

Commodore George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila in the Spanish-American War is the only remaining ship from that war. Dewey entered Manila Harbor after midnight on May 1, 1898. At 5:40 am he told his captain, "You may fire when ready, Gridley," and the battle began. By 12:30 the Americans had destroyed the entire Spanish fleet. The Olympia was the last ship of the "New Navy" of the 1880s and 1890s, the beginning of the era of steel ships. You can tour the entire restored ship, including the officers' staterooms, galley, gun batteries, and pilothouse, while engine room tours are offered the first Saturday of the month from April through December. The ticket booth by the boats is closed in winter; tickets must be purchased at the Independence Seaport Museum mid-November–mid-April.

Updated: 05-19-2011

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