Sunday, 30 August 2015
For $15 I was able to get a ticket to visit the Olympia, the Becuna and the Independence Seaport Museum. Sadly I didn't get to the museum but I was able to see the two ships, starting with the Olympia.
It is the oldest still-floating steel warship (it was launched in 1892) and the only surviving ship to have been engaged in the Spanish-American War. Olympia was Admiral Dewey's flagship at a time when the US was emerging as a major world power. It also saw active service in the First World War, once the US had become a combatant nation.
The tour took me about half an hour, time well spent.