Admiral Dewey’s Flagship USS Olympia
The USS Olympia, one of the most historic ships of our Navy, sailed into Manila Bay at the head of our Asiatic Squadron, May 1, 1898, seven days after Spain declared war on the United States. Considered the fastest man-of-war afloat and extremely heavily armored, she steamed to within a few hundred yards of the Spanish fleet. Within six hours the most decisive naval battle ever fought was won by the American fleet with casualties of only 30 wounded and one dead. Spain as a world power was doomed. This ship so proved herself in battle and maneuverability that it greatly influenced the future building of our new steel Navy.
The Olympia is the last surviving ship of our Spanish American War fleet. During the first World War, the Olympia served as convoy escort and brought back the body of the Unknown Soldier for interment at Arlington National Cemetery. The Olympia is now restored as a National Memorial and docked on the Delaware River at Philadelphia, PA., where it may be inspected by the public.
Olympia had a length of 344 ft, a beam of 53 ft, and a gross tonnage of 5,676. The propulsion system consisted of 2 vertical triple-expansion steam engines, enabling the ship to achieve a speed of 21.7 knots. She was able to operate within 6900 miles range with more than 400 crews.
Now you can get this beautiful USS Olympia model for your home or office. Our master craftsmen handcraft this model from scratch using plank-on-frame construction method. We built the model to exact scale from finest woods and materials. Thanks to the extensive research of drawings and actual photographs we are able to build the model to the highest possible accuracy. Also, we hand-painted multi-layered colors to match the color of the real ship. Each model requires extensively hundreds of hours to construct and must go through a demanding quality control process before leaving the workshop. The model is mounted on a solid wood base and ready to display. It’ll make a perfect gift for home or office decorator, boat enthusiast, or passionate collector.