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USS OLYMPIA model

When she sailed into Manila Bay, the extremely heavily armored USS OLYMPIA was considered the world's fastest man-of-war afloat.  This significantly historic ship of the US Navy served as the head of the Asiatic Squadron on May 1, 1898, seven days after Spain declared war on the US. 

In the bay, the USS OLYMPIA stopped only to within a few hundred yards of the Spanish fleet.  Within a mere six hours of naval battle, the OLYMPIA, as flagship of Commodore Dewey, effectively raised the U.S. to the world power status and stripped Spain off hers.   The Spanish fleet had suffered a terrible loss in ships and men but the American sustained only casualties of 30 wounded and one dead!  The USS OLYMPIA proved herself so well in battle and maneuverability that the future building of the US new steel Navy followed many of her design characteristics. 

In WWI, USS OLYMPIA became the flagship of the Patrol force Atlantic Fleet. During this time she was escorting convoys, and patrolling off of Nova Scotia. On April 28, 1918, the USS OLYMPIA sailed out of Charleston, S.C. bound for Murmansk to take part in the Allied intervention against the Russian Bolscheviks. She joined the Allied force on May 28, 1918, and landed approximately one hundred of her crew to join the forces that marched inland. Members of the USS OLYMPIA'S crew also helped man two of Russian torpedo boats.

On October 3, 1921, the USS OLYMPIA departed for Europe and brought back the body of the Unknown Soldier for interment at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The USS OLYMPIA is the last surviving ship of US Spanish America War fleet. She is now restored as a National Memorial, on the Delaware River at Philadelphia, PA

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Like all of our Spanish-American warship models, this USS OLYMPIA model features:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs and looks like a toy rather than a nautical art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

- Light rust appearance to give the ship a tough battle look. 

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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 37" L x 7"W x 18" T    $1,700    S & H is $90       
 

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case

And please click on the blue wordings to check out our beautiful Spanish American warship models USS Oregon and USS Maine.