This Real Photograph Postcard is near mint and is dated 1902. The USS Cincinnati was a protected cruiser of the United States Navy and was launched 10 November 1892 by New York Navy Yard. She was the second ship to be named after Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati's first cruise, along the east coast, and then in the Caribbean, found her enforcing neutrality laws at Tampa and Key West during the Cuban Revolution from September 1895 to January 1896. Between September 1896 and July 1897, she served in the eastern Mediterranean, returning to the South Atlantic Station in September 1897. In April 1898, opening month of the Spanish-American War, Cincinnati joined the blockade off Havana, Cuba, and bombarded Matanzas. The next month, she scouted throughout the West Indies searching for the Spanish fleet known to be approaching Cuba.
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