American Cruiser USS Olympia
This photograph shows the American cruiser USS Olympia, Admiral George Dewey's flagship at the battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.
Under Dewey's command, the Olympia and a squadron of American ships defeated a squadron of Spanish ships on 1 May 1898. This American victory in the first major engagement of the Spanish-American War catapulted Dewey to national prominence in the United States, and signalled America's rapid development as a world power in the late nineteenth century. The growth of the United States Navy and other nations' fleets challenged Britain's status as the world's foremost naval power. The two images on this card create the illusion of a three-dimensional image when seen through a special viewer called a stereoscope.
George Metcalf Archival Collection