This is a real Photograph Postcard of the USS Olympia (C-6). It is copyrighted with a date of 1899 by E. Mueller and has not been mailed. It measures 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". It is marked The Rotograph Co. N Y City / B116 Rotograph series. It is in great condition.
USS Olympia (Cruiser # 6, C-6, later CA-15, CL-15, and IX-40), 1895-1957
USS Olympia, a 5586-ton protected cruiser built at San Francisco, California, was commissioned in February 1895. Her initial service was as flagship on the Asiatic Station. In that role, she participated in Philippines area Spanish-American War operations, including the Battle of Manila Bay, and returned to the U.S. in September 1899.
From 1902 to 1906, Olympia was active in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Mediterranean, and then saw occasional service as a Naval Academy training ship into 1909. She was a barracks ship at Charleston, South Carolina, from 1912 to 1916, and recommissioned for sea duty in the latter year. Olympia spent World War I and the early post-war years in the Atlantic, the Russian Arctic and in the Mediterranean area. She was briefly reclassified as CA-15 in 1920, then CL-15 in 1921. In October-November 1921 she brought home the body of the "Great War's" Unknown Soldier.
Decommissioned in December 1922, Olympia was preserved as a relic, being again reclassified IX-40 in 1931. Beginning in 1957 she was modified back to her 1898 configuration and became a museum ship at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she remains today as the sole floating survivor of the U.S. Navy's Spanish-American War fleet.
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