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Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna

 

— Independence Seaport Museum —

 
USS <i>Olympia</i> - USS <i>Becuna</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
Cruiser <i>Olympia</i> - Submarine <i>Becuna</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, May 12, 2009
2. Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna
now museum ships, moored together at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia.
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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 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.
 
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Bridge and forward superstructure of Cruiser <i>Olympia</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Independence Seaport Museum.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksMilitaryWar, ColdWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World IWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 30, 1944.
 
Location. 39° 56.618′ N, 75° 8.479′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tồ Quốc Ghi O'n (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christopher Columbus (about 400 feet away); Tidal Delaware Water Trail (about 400 feet away); Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial (about 400 feet away); Tracings from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); POW★MIA (about 500 feet away); Commodore John Barry (1745 - 1803) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
Submarine <i>Becuna</i> (SS-319) image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
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 Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna
 
View southward toward the historic, Clye-built bark <i>Moshulu</i> (1904) image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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 image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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> image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,594 times since then and 62 times this year. Last updated on May 21, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   6. submitted on August 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on May 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 9, 2022