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Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna

 

—Independence Seaport Museum —

 
USS <i>Olympia</i> - USS <i>Becuna</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
1. USS Olympia - USS Becuna Marker
Inscription.
OLYMPIA

Cruiser OLYMPIA, launched in 1892, is the oldest steel warship afloat today. OLYMPIA is best known as Commodore George Dewey’s flagship in the Battle of Manila Bay, Philippine Islands during the 1898 Spanish American War. After defeating the Spanish fleet, the United States was propelled into a future legacy as a world power.

Following the War, OLYMPIA was often used as a visible reminder of President Teddy Roosevelt’s gunboat diplomacy, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” In 1918 she was dispatched to the Baltic Sea as part of the Russian Expeditionary Force in the earliest global attempt to defeat communism in Russia. Her final mission in 1921 was to bring back from France the body of the Unknown Soldier to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.

OLYMPIA was decommissioned in December 1922.

OLYMPIA continues to be a proud symbol of American military and political maturity.

Historic Designation:
National Historic Landmark, 1964, Department of Interior, National Park Service.
Founding Member of the Historic Naval Ships Association of North America, 1966.
National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, 1977, for the Vertical Reciprocating Engines, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
National Historic Maritime
Cruiser <i>Olympia</i> - Submarine <i>Becuna</i> Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
2. Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna
now museum ships, moored together at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia.
Landmark, 1983, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers.
Official Project of Save America’s Treasures, 1999, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

BECUNA

Submarine BECUNA, a BALAO Class submarine, was launched January 30, 1944, she was commissioned to serve in the Southwest Pacific Fleet under General Douglas MacArthur. Her five combat patrols during World War II extended from August 1944 to July 1945.

Following the war, BECUNA, continued her service in the U.S. Navy through much of the Cold War, serving in the Atlantic Theater after 1949.

In 1951, BECUNA, was modified to a GUPPY (Greater Underwater Propulsion) 1A Class Submarine.

BECUNA was decommissioned in November 1969.

Historic Designation:
National Historic Landmark, 1986, Department of Interior, National Park Service.

Today, OLYMPIA and BECUNA are maintained by Independence Seaport Museum, and they are open to the public for visitation.

For more Information contact Independence Seaport Museum. 215-925-5439 or www.phillyseaport.org.
 
Erected by Independence Seaport Museum.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.618′ N, 75° 
Bridge and forward superstructure of Cruiser <i>Olympia</i> Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
3. Bridge and forward superstructure of Cruiser Olympia
flagship of the victorious U.S. Asiatic Squadron at the Battle of Manila Bay, 1898.
8.479′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Click for map. Marker is on the Penn's Landing riverfront walkway which is southeast of the Spruce Street/South Columbia Blvd. intersection and a block east of I-95. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Purple Heart Memorial (about 400 feet away); Commodore John Barry (1745 - 1803) (about 500 feet away); Philadelphia Beirut Bombing Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn's Landing (about 800 feet away); U.S.S. United States (approx. 0.2 miles away); “A Man Full of Trouble” Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Exiles for Conscience Sake (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Independence Seaport Museum. (Submitted on May 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Moshulu. (Submitted on May 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. C-6; SS-319; USS New Jersey, Moshulu; Penn's Landing
 
Categories. LandmarksMilitaryWar, ColdWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World IWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Submarine <i>Becuna</i> (SS-319) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
4. Submarine Becuna (SS-319)
the WWII "fleet boat" obtained her Cold War-era appearance after completing extensive modernization in 1951.
View southward toward the historic, Clye-built bark <i>Moshulu</i> (1904) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
5. View southward toward the historic, Clye-built bark Moshulu (1904)
Permanently moored adjacent to the Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, and preserved as a floating restaurant.
Cruiser <i>Olympia</i> - Submarine <i>Becuna</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 14, 2010
6. Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna Marker
View of Cruiser <i>Olympia</i>'s ram-style bow - with the WWII battleship USS <i>New Jersey</i> Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
7. View of Cruiser Olympia's ram-style bow - with the WWII battleship USS New Jersey
visible in the background - at her permanent mooring as a museum ship - across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey.
 
 
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