USS Olympia (C-6) - this protected cruiser was Admiral George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay. Aboard this ship he uttered the famous command "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," to Olympia's captain. Sadly, the ship is decaying at her wharf in Philadelphia for lack of funds. Current talk is that the ship will be towed away and scuttled at sea. A better fate would be to restore the ship and moor her in concrete like the Japanese have done with the contemporary…
Commodore George Dewey during the Spanish-American war. He returned to America to a hero's welcome, and by act of Congress was promoted to the special rank of Admiral of the Navy in 1903 with his date of rank retroactive to 1899.
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US gun crew, 1898, on USS Olympia. The cruiser was in service from 1895-1922. It is most famous as the vessel commanded by Commodore George Dewey in 1898 at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. 'You may fire when you are ready, Gridley,' was famously uttered by Dewey during the battle which saw the Spanish bombarded into defeat.
George Dewey was made Admiral of the US Navy on March 24, 1899. He is best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Dewey