Olympia and Becuna
Part of Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum, the Olympia warship and the Becuna submarine played important roles in United States naval history. Launched in 1892, the Olympia is the oldest steel warship still afloat in the world and the oldest surviving ship of the Spanish-American War, in which it served as Admiral Dewey’s flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay. Launched in 1944, the Becuna (or Becky, as she is lovingly called) completed five wartime patrols, combing the Pacific Ocean for Japanese ships and years later trailing Soviet submarines with eavesdropping equipment. Both vessels are National Historic Landmarks and are open for tours.
Credit: Photo by M. Fischetti for GPTMC
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