By Lawrence Burr

On the finish of the Civil struggle the U.S. army was once the main technologically complex military on the earth, yet after the struggle this spirit of innovation pale and America's naval could diminished. even though, within the Eighteen Eighties a "New Navy" used to be born and on the leading edge of its fleet have been the effective cruisers. Lawrence Burr info the way it used to be those cruisers that allowed the United States to once more reveal its energy at the world's oceans. Exploring how the beginning of this "Steel Navy" required the advance of recent shipbuilding, purpose strength, ordnance, and armour-plate creation strength, he information the layout and improvement of those ships.

Intricate color art illuminates the technicalities of the layout, specifically their inner workings via a cutaway of the USS Olympia, which has been restored and is now on public reveal. This name additionally areas those technological advances in context, via vibrant debts of ways US cruisers have been basic to the Spanish-American battle of 1898, destroying the Spanish fleet on the battles of Manila Bay and Santiago. It used to be their functionality at those engagements that marked the emergence of the U.S. army as an enormous naval energy, and the USA as an international power.

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Gunner's Mate Adolph Nilsson on board Olympia, thought to have fired the first shot in the battle of Manila Bay, joined the US Navy in Copenhagen in August 1885, at the age of 2 1 . After serving 14 years with the Navy, he was honorably discharged in 1899, in New York, to become an American citizen. By 1899, after a series of reforms and improvements to a sailor's life, 75 percent of US sailors were US citizens. Additionally, during the period from 1 8 8 0 - 9 1 , the martial music of John Philip Sousa and the Marine Corps Band played a significant part in the promotion of the new navy to the US public and the recruitment of young American men.

However, the 122 hits were sufficient to destroy the Spanish vessels. Under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war between Spain and the United States on December 10, 1898, America gained possession of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Cuba gained its independence in 1902 and ceded Guantanamo Bay to the United States. American naval bases on Puerto Rico and Guantanamo Bay controlled the entrance and exit to the T h i s is a v i e w o f t h e t o p o f Olympia's e n g i n e cylinders, which protrude through the protective deck.

Draft 18ft 14ft 7 i n . 23ft3y2in. 22ft6V -in. 40-cal. 40-cal. 35-cal. 40-cal. 35-cal. 40-cal. 40-cal. 40-cal. 40-cal. 40-cal. 2 Gatlings 4 Gatlings 4 above-surface tubes S l o p i n g 2V2-in. a n d 3 above-surface tubes S l o p i n g /i6-in. a n d 7 flat a r m o r d e c k 1 -in. Machinery V e r t i c a l triple- V e r t i c a l triple- twin screws with twin screws with flat a r m o r d e c k 3 x 18-in. 40-cal. 1 2 x 6 p d r ; 4 x 1 pdr 4 Gatlings S i d e s 4-in. a n d 4 x 14-in. W h i t e h e a d above-surface tubes S l o p i n g 4-in.

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