OLYMPIA IX 40

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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

    Struck from Naval Register September 11 1957
    Transferred to the Cruiser Olympia Assn. on September 11 1957
    Designated as a National Historic Landmark January 29 1964
    Transferred to the Independence Seaport Museum January 1996
Olympia C6 Postcard.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1     (1899-22)

 


Postmarks

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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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image

 

Double Ring
Postmark

MIL. STA. NO. 1,
PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
SAN FRANCISCO CAL

1898-11-16

GregCiesielski Olympia C6 18981116 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia C6 18981116 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard of the battleship USS Olympia.


 

Double Ring
Postmark

MIL. STA. NO. 1,
PHILIPPINE ISLS
SAN FRANCISCO CAL
REGISTERED

1899-01-23

GregCiesielski Olympia C6 18990123 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia C6 18990123 1 Postmark.jpg

Registered mail from the battleship USS Olympia.


 

Duplex
Postmark

MIL. STA. NO. 1,
MANILA
PHIL ISL

1899-05-07

GregCiesielski Olympia C6 18990507 1 Marking.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia C6 18990507 1 Front.jpg

Sailors Letter from the battleship USS Olympia.


 

Locy Type 2

USS Franklin

1900-04-21

GregCiesielski Franklin IX 19000421 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Franklin IX 19000421 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard of Cunard Steamship Ivirnia and the battleship USS Olympia. Year date is unreadable but 1909 is probable.


Post office established January 21 1909 - Disestablished June 9 1915


 

Locy Type
1

1909-08-07

JonBurdett olympia c6 19090807 pm.jpg
JonBurdett olympia c6 19090807.jpg

As C-6


Post office reestablished June 25 1917 - Disestablished December 9 1922


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

1919-04-30

JonBurdett olympia cl15 19190430r pm.jpg
JonBurdett olympia cl15 19190430.jpg

As CL-15


 

Locy Type
3a

1920-06-24

GregCiesielski Olympia CL15 19200624 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia CL15 19200624 1 Back.jpg

As CL-15
Picture postcard from Austria-Hungary .


 

Locy Type
3s

1922-01-27

JonBurdett olympia cl15 19220127 pm.jpg
JonBurdett olympia cl15 19220127.jpg

As CL-15


 

Locy Type
3s

1922-02-02

GregCiesielski Olympia CL15 19220202 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia CL15 19220202 1 Back.jpg

As CL-15
Real-photo postcard, Hauling sugar cane Guantanamo Bay Cuba


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-24

1919-12-22

GregCiesielski Olympia CL15 19191212 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia CL15 19191212 1 Back.jpg

As CL-15
Overstruck with a machine cancel from Charleston SC (Navy Yard SC)


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-24

1920-01-03

JonBurdett olympia 19200103r pm.jpg
JonBurdett olympia 19200103.jpg

As CL-15



 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

"MOTHER DAY /
PHILA.P.A."

USS Aylwin DD-355

1935-05-12

GregCiesielski BDLAylwin DD 355 19350512 1 Front.jpg

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 Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"USS Olympia Station"

Philadelphia, PA

1985-07-20

GregCiesielski Olympia IX40 19850720 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia BB 19850720 1 Front.jpg

90th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"US Flagship Olympia Station"

Philadelphia, PA

1995-02-05

GregCiesielski Olympia C6 19950205 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia C6 19950205 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Centennial Postal Station"

Philadelphia, PA

1998-05-01

GregCiesielski Olympia 19980501 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia 19980501 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Centennial Postal Station"

Philadelphia, PA

1998-05-02

GregCiesielski Olympia 19980502 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia 19980502 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"USS Olympia C-6 Station"

Philadelphia, PA

2008-05-01

GregCiesielski Olympia 20080501 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Olympia 20080501 1 Front.jpg

110th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"USS Olympia C-6 Station"

Philadelphia, PA

2008-05-01

GregCiesielski Olympia C6 20080501 1 Front.jpg

N/A

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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