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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
    Olympia Class Protected Cruiser
    Keel Laid June 17 1891 - Launched November 5 1892

  1. '''USS OLYMPIA Protected Cruiser No. 6'''
    Commissioned February 5 1895 - Decommissioned November 8 1899
    Recommissioned January 1902 - Decommissioned April 2 1906
    Recommissioned for Midshipman Training May 1906
    Decommissioned August 26 1907
    Recommissioned for Midshipman Training June 1 1908
    Decommissioned September 1 1908
    Recommissioned for Midshipman Training May 14 1909
    Decommissioned August 28 1909
    Reclassified as a Barracks Ship, Charleston SC 1912 - 1916
    Recommissioned 1916

  2. '''USS OLYMPIA CA-15'''
    Designated Heavy Cruiser (CA) July 17 1920

  3. '''USS OLYMPIA CL-15'''
    Reclassified Light Cruiser (CL) 1921
    Decommissioned December 9 1922
    Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) June 30 1931, While in reserve

    Stricken September 11 1957
    Transfered to the Cruiser Olympia Assn. on September 11 1957
    Designated as a National Historic Landmark January 29 1964
    Transfered to the Independence Seaport Museum January 1996

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined). Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.
  1. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)

 

Postmarks

This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage. A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
 
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.
 
Postmark Type / Killer Bar Text Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

 
Locy Type 2

USS Franklin
19---04-21
to
19---04-21
Picture postcard of Cunard Steamship Ivirnia and the battleship USS Olympia. Year date is unreadable.

6th Commissioning 1916 to December 9 1922


 
Locy Type
3 (AC)
1919-04-30
As CL-15
 
Locy Type
3a
1920-06-24
As CL-15
Picture postcard from Austria-Hungary
 
Locy Type
3s
1922-02-02
As CL-15
Real-photo postcard, Hauling sugar cane Guantanamo Bay Cuba
 
Locy Type P

USCS Catalog
Illustration
O-24
1919-12-22
As CL-15
Overstruck with a machine cancel from Charleston SC (Navy Yard SC)
 
Locy Type P

USCS Catalog
Illustration
O-24
1920-01-03
As CL-15


 
Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

"MOTHER DAY / PHILA.P.A."

USS Aylwin DD-355
1935-05-12 No Image
Mother's Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
The cachet commemorates the visit of the Cuban Cruiser "Patria" to Philadelphia PA to salute the "USS Olympia"
 
USPS Pictorial

"USS Olympia Station"

Philadelphia, PA
1985-07-20
90th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
 
USPS Pictorial

"US Flagship Olympia Station"

Philadelphia, PA
1995-02-05
100th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
 
USPS Pictorial

"Centennial Postal Station"

Philadelphia, PA
1998-05-01
100th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
 
USPS Pictorial

"Centennial Postal Station"

Philadelphia, PA
1998-05-02
100th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
 
USPS Pictorial

"USS Olympia C-6 Station"

Philadelphia, PA
2008-05-01
110th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
 
USPS Pictorial

"USS Olympia C-6 Station"

Philadelphia, PA
2008-05-01 No Image
110th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by John Byrnes (One Dog Cachets)

 

 

Other Information

'''NAMESAKE''' - Named for the capital city of The State of Washington
Beginning in 1957 she was modified back to her 1898 configuration and became a museum ship at the Independence Seaport Museum in 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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