Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum

Cruiser Olympia at  Independence Seaport Museum The Cruiser OLYMPIA is a victorian, U.S. Navy warship from 1895, now serving as a museum at the Inde
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The Cruiser Olympia is the Oldest Steel Warship Afloat, built in 1892, commissioned in 1895, and served until 1922. She is the only example left of American 19th Century steel warship design and is both a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Engineering Landmark. OLYMPIA is also currently one of the most intact historic vessels, with around 80% of her original fabric still intact as it

was from before 1922. Our mission is to bring attention and funding to repairing and fully restoring this grand lady back to her formal glory. Currently, we are looking for donations to help us get into our first drydock since 1945. You can help us by donating on our official support page:
http://phillyseaport.org/support

Chiefs and petty officers from NRC Fort Dix were aboard today for a volunteer day cleaning Olympia. We toured them throu...
08/24/2023

Chiefs and petty officers from NRC Fort Dix were aboard today for a volunteer day cleaning Olympia. We toured them through both Olympia and Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum afterwards and are looking forward to them returning in September for the selectee event.

Our Living History Crew was aboard today to talk with guests and demonstrate a gun drill using one of Olympia’s 6 lbrs.
08/12/2023

Our Living History Crew was aboard today to talk with guests and demonstrate a gun drill using one of Olympia’s 6 lbrs.

07/19/2023
07/18/2023
06/29/2023

Thank you to all our supporters and followers who contributed to our first-ever Seaport Day of Giving! We will be announcing the total raised in a few days, so stay tuned.

06/20/2023

📢We are just ONE week away from Seaport Day of Giving!📢
Between Independence Seaport Museum’s two historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, there are almost two hundred years of naval ingenuity along the Delaware River. With your support on June 27, we can help ensure that the oldest floating steel warship and the only remaining Guppy 1A-type submarine in the world continue to float and inspire the next generation of visitors.

Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum
Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum

06/16/2023

Celebrate this Father's Day at the Independence Seaport Museum with our BOGO offer. Bring your dad and enjoy exploring our exhibits, historic ships, and the rich maritime history of Philadelphia's waterfront. Don't miss out on this special deal to make memories with your dad that will last a lifetime!

Purchase your ticket with the link below!
https://tickets.phillyseaport.org/webstore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=CONSUMER&C=GA

The Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia came aboard this morning to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of In...
06/03/2023

The Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia came aboard this morning to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Independence of the Philippines. We are once again proud and honored to have the Executive Council chose Olympia as their continued location for this ceremony.

We are grateful PA3 Tompkins was able to participate in the discussion! Museum partnerships like this help us extend our...
05/24/2023

We are grateful PA3 Tompkins was able to participate in the discussion! Museum partnerships like this help us extend our reach and build community beyond our own footprint. Here’s to more like it in the future!

On this episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at why there are guns everywhere and the concept of s...
05/08/2023

On this episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at why there are guns everywhere and the concept of shared or multi-use spaces aboard the ship.

If you have questions about OLYMPIA, leave them in the comments below and you might see your question answered in a future video!

On this episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at why there are guns everywhere and the concept of shared or multi-use spaces aboard the ...

Happy Star Wars Day! Here's a photograph of Olympia outpacing a squadron of TIE Fighters during her speed trials.Did you...
05/04/2023

Happy Star Wars Day! Here's a photograph of Olympia outpacing a squadron of TIE Fighters during her speed trials.

Did you know that Governor Tarkin's famous "You may fire when ready" line from A New Hope was inspired by George Dewey's "You may fire when ready, Gridley" during the Battle of Manila Bay?

The Living History Crew is back! We kicked off the summer season on a dreary Saturday to mark the 125th Anniversary of t...
04/29/2023

The Living History Crew is back! We kicked off the summer season on a dreary Saturday to mark the 125th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila Bay.

There's still time to purchase a ticket for this month's Fleet Talk lecture! Independence Seaport Museum has partnered w...
04/18/2023

There's still time to purchase a ticket for this month's Fleet Talk lecture! Independence Seaport Museum has partnered with Battleship New Jersey to put on a monthly lecture series with guest speakers covering a broad range of topics.

This month's lecturer is the Curator of Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial himself, Ryan Szimanski, talking about the evolution of American battleships.

Get your ticket here:

Battleship and Independence Seaport Museum Lecture Series: Evolution of US Battleships @ Battleship New Jersey Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

On this episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at those strange, trumpet-shaped things scattered acr...
04/10/2023

On this episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at those strange, trumpet-shaped things scattered across the ship's top deck.

If you have questions about OLYMPIA, leave them in the comments below and you might see your question answered in a future video!

On this episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at those strange, trumpet-shaped things scattered across the ship's top deck.If you have q...

There's still time to get onboard with this weekend's Deck To Deck tour! Tour three of Philadelphia's historic ships in ...
03/28/2023

There's still time to get onboard with this weekend's Deck To Deck tour! Tour three of Philadelphia's historic ships in one evening, with guided tours of Cruiser Olympia, Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum and Battleship New Jersey! Tickets are first come, first serve.

Can't make it this time? Deck To Deck is a monthly tour, so check the calendar on the ticket page for future dates!

Tickets: https://63691.blackbaudhosting.com/63691/page.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=c553eb06-eeb8-468c-8a4d-539f2255d6d2

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we take a look at Olympia's triple wheel.If you have ques...
03/13/2023

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we take a look at Olympia's triple wheel.

If you have questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA, leave them in the comments section below. You might see them answered in a future video!

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we take a look at Olympia's triple wheel.If you have questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA, leave th...

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we discuss the differences between armored and protected ...
02/14/2023

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we discuss the differences between armored and protected cruisers.

If you have questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA, leave them in the comments section below. You might see them answered in a future video!

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we discuss the differences between armored and protected cruisers.If you have questions about ...

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we answer the question: If Olympia was steam powered, why...
01/10/2023

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we answer the question: If Olympia was steam powered, why does she have masts?

If you have questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA, leave them in the comments section below. You might see them answered in a future video!

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we answer the question: If Olympia was steam powered, why does she have masts?If you have ques...

Today we had the honor of hosting the Gridley Family, descendants of Captain Charles Vernon Gridley, who served aboard O...
12/29/2022

Today we had the honor of hosting the Gridley Family, descendants of Captain Charles Vernon Gridley, who served aboard Olympia during the Battle of Manila Bay. The tour was given by Olympia Historian Lucas Clawson. We’re so glad they were able to visit and experience the ship and get a better understanding of their ancestor.

The crew aboard Cruiser OLYMPIA would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday season!
12/25/2022

The crew aboard Cruiser OLYMPIA would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday season!

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we take a look at the ship's annunciator board.If you hav...
12/13/2022

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we take a look at the ship's annunciator board.

If you have questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA, leave them in the comments section below. You might see them answered in a future video!

On this episode of our Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA series, we take a look at the ship's enunciator board.If you have questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA, lea...

It’s that time of year again! Here’s your friendly reminder to  !
12/10/2022

It’s that time of year again! Here’s your friendly reminder to !

Some midshipmen visited the ship today while in town for the Army-Navy game! Go Navy, beat Army!

On our first episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at one of the most common questions we receive.I...
11/09/2022

On our first episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at one of the most common questions we receive.

If you have any questions about Cruiser OLYMPIA leave them in the comments and you may see them answered in a future video!

On our first episode of Ask Me Anything Cruiser OLYMPIA, we take a look at one of the most common questions we receive.If you have any questions about Cruise...

The first Hazardous Duty Tour is this Saturday! Tickets are now available online at https://www.phillyseaport.org/events...
09/27/2022

The first Hazardous Duty Tour is this Saturday! Tickets are now available online at https://www.phillyseaport.org/events/hazardous-duty-tour/

Space is limited, so get yours now!

Attention All Hands! Cruiser Olympia is pleased to announce our new HAZARDOUS DUTY Tour! This tour will run Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7pm-8pm and feature a guided tour of both Cruiser Olympia AND Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum discussing the myriad ways sailors could become injured or lose their lives while serving their nation.

Due to the tour's subject matter, audience discretion is advised.

For more information visit https://www.phillyseaport.org/events/hazardous-duty-tour/

Attention all hands! You've asked, we've listened. You've waited, we're finally delivering. Cruiser Olympia and Independ...
09/15/2022

Attention all hands! You've asked, we've listened. You've waited, we're finally delivering. Cruiser Olympia and Independence Seaport Museum are proud to announce the return of guided tours of Olympia's engine room!

Tours will be offered TWICE a day, SEVEN days a week at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Tours are expected to run 30-40 minutes and INCLUDE self-guided access to the normal tour route once the engine room tour has been completed!

Tickets are $15 per person. Space is limited and availability is first come, first serve! For more information please visit https://www.phillyseaport.org/admissons-hours-of-operation/

Attention All Hands! Cruiser Olympia is pleased to announce our new HAZARDOUS DUTY Tour! This tour will run Fridays and ...
09/14/2022

Attention All Hands! Cruiser Olympia is pleased to announce our new HAZARDOUS DUTY Tour! This tour will run Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7pm-8pm and feature a guided tour of both Cruiser Olympia AND Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum discussing the myriad ways sailors could become injured or lose their lives while serving their nation.

Due to the tour's subject matter, audience discretion is advised.

For more information visit https://www.phillyseaport.org/events/hazardous-duty-tour/

  - On this Day, September 7th, 1888, 134 Years ago.Congress authorizes the construction of a new protected cruiser desi...
09/07/2022

- On this Day, September 7th, 1888, 134 Years ago.

Congress authorizes the construction of a new protected cruiser designated "Cruiser Number 6", later to be named OLYMPIA after the city of Olympia, Washington.

From this point a long process of planning, drafting, and shipyard bidding was conducted to come up with the ship's design. Thousands of workers, dozens of manufacturers, and countless labor hours were involved to complete the vessel in its entirety by 1895.

Photo: An initial drawing of the bow section of "Protected Cruiser 6". Much was changed by 1891 when the ship's keel was laid at Union Iron Works. From the Independence Seaport Museum Library and Archive.

Another year, another class of Navy Chief Selectees! We are once again proud and honored to host the next generation of ...
08/27/2022

Another year, another class of Navy Chief Selectees! We are once again proud and honored to host the next generation of incoming Navy Chiefs, providing them with an education and understanding of those who came before.

 , On this Date - August 25, 1895 - 127 years ago, OLYMPIA departs the West Coast of the United States on her first tran...
08/25/2022

, On this Date - August 25, 1895 - 127 years ago, OLYMPIA departs the West Coast of the United States on her first transoceanic journey. This would be her first major trial since builder's trials, and proof of her concept as a modern warship.

Her mission was to cross the Pacific Ocean to rendezvous with the U.S. Asiatic Squadron in Hong Kong, China, to become the flagship of the squadron.

Photo: OLYMPIA being tugged out to sea in 1895. Location possibly San Francisco, California.

Chiefs from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are aboard today for a COMREL helping us put down deck patches. These patch...
08/05/2022

Chiefs from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are aboard today for a COMREL helping us put down deck patches. These patches help prevent rainwater from seeing through the deck and entering the ship. It’s a tough job that takes a long time and we appreciate the help!

07/05/2022

We hope you had a good 4th! Ask us anything, Cruiser Olympia version! We recently put out a call for questions about Submarine Becuna! This time is Cruiser Olympia's turn! Ask us literally anything and we will answer your questions through a series of videos!

Still looking for something to do this holiday weekend? There's still space aboard out Deck-to-Deck tour on Saturday Jul...
06/28/2022

Still looking for something to do this holiday weekend? There's still space aboard out Deck-to-Deck tour on Saturday July 2nd! Come spend an evening on a guided tour of all three of Philadelphia's historic ships, including Battleship New Jersey, Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum and Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum!

Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3A6py7q

Space is limited, so act now!

06/13/2022

Have any questions about Submarine Becuna, it's your time! Ask us anything, literally anything! The more questions that we get, the more that we can answer and videos we can produce! We'll also be doing an AMA for Cruiser Olympia, so feel free to ask your Cruiser Olympia questions too!

Video Description: A video with Greg Williams, Becuna Manager, asking for questions about Submarine Becuna. We will also be taking questions about Cruiser Olympia.

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Here is your weekly Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum fact!

Graphic Description: A foggy picture of Cruiser Olympia on a blue background with torn paper accents and text that says, "Originally fitted in 1893, Olympia had 4 powerful searchlights. Two of these searchlights could be remotely operated by a switchboard under the navigation bridge. These searchlights were considered a weapon in the 1890s."
FOMO: Don't miss out on this weekend's Deck-to-Deck Ship Tours with Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum, Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum, and Battleship New Jersey! $100 for non-members and $90 for members: https://bit.ly/3syfCzj

Graphic Description: A picture of a deck with text that says, "Deck-to-Deck Ship Tours-3/5 @ 3 PM"
Happy Presidents' Day from ISM! Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum has only had a visit by one president, Theodore Roosevelt! Here's your weekly Cruiser Olympia fact!

Graphic Description: A black and white illustration of Theodore Roosevelt in a red circle and red and blue boxes with text that says, "Happy Presidents' Day!"
Cruiser Olympia's coal consumption at her top speed is 633 pounds per minute. At 60 minutes, that's around 38,000 pounds. At 24 hours or 1440 minutes, that's around 912,000 pounds!

Learn more about Cruiser Olympia on her page, Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum or our website 🠲 https://www.phillyseaport.org/cruiser-olympia/

Picture Description: A side view of Cruiser Olympia's top deck in yellow
On Christmas 1920, one of the crew members of the Olympia dressed up as Santa Claus and greeted Venetian orphans on Olympia's leg as a flagship for humanitarian aid after World War I.

Learn more about Olympia with a self-guided tour or her page, Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum!

Picture Description: A view of Cruiser Olympia's deck during the daytime
Did you know that insulin, aspirin, and x-rays were invented during Cruiser Olympia's service?

For more day-to-day updates about Cruiser Olympia, visit Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum or go to our website!

Picture Description: An operating table inside of Cruiser Olympia's med bay
If you look to the left of the Cruiser Olympia, the Ben Franklin Bridge is in the foreground. Did you know that the Cruiser Olympia was involved in the bridge's groundbreaking ceremony in 1922?

Keep up-to-date at Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum!

Picture Description: The side of Cruiser Olympia taken from the top of Submarine Becuna during the daytime
The Fessenden oscillator on the Cruiser Olympia is the only example of this type of oscillator to exist in the world, but do you know what major event inspired its creation? If you guessed the Titantic disaster, you would be right!

Learn more about Cruiser Olympia at her FB Page, Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum and @ ISM!

Picture Description: A picture of Cruiser Olympia during the day
Hi Folks
I'd like to know if you have anything special planned for Veterans Day in November?
For those who have reached out to learn more about our efforts to bring the official 250th Homecoming Celebration of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to the Delaware River in 2025, please take a few minutes to listen to my remarks from our event on Friday aboard the Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum.

To read more about it, check out our legislation calling for this to happen:https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/AR/251_I1.PDF
Happy !

Here we have the American ensign raised on the aft of the first battleship of the U.S. Navy, Battleship INDIANA (BB-1). INDIANA was built at William Cramp & Sons Shipyard, on the Delaware River, and launched in 1893.

Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum was launched earlier, but both ships were commissioned in the Spanish-American War through World War I.

However, unlike OLYMPIA, INDIANA was sold for scrap in 1924.

Battleship INDIANA (BB-1), watercolor on paper, by Albert Operti, 1895. Gift courtesy of Mrs. Joseph W. Henderson. [1968.124]
Remember ISM in your 4th of July planning! During the day you can visit Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum, Submarine Becuna at Independence Seaport Museum, and take a swan boat out at Paddle Penn's Landing. Don't forget to be on the lookout for swashbuckler Calico Jack too!

Our building will be staying open until 10PM so guests can enjoy the 9:30PM fireworks across the river as part of Camden County Government's Freedom Festival!

*Please note while the Museum's building will be open until 10PM, both ships will be closing at normal times (last tour of BECUNA is at 4PM, last ticket entry for OLYMPIA is 4:30PM).

*Please note that fireworks are weather-dependent.