The Cruiser Olympia by Chris Lord

Tied up by the river in Philadelphia, here’s the steam powered battle Cruiser Olympia. Genuine original steampunk!! Captured with my Canon 5D MKII, light textures added and tweaked in Photoshop.

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SS Olympia (C-6/CA-15/CL-15/IX-40) is a protected cruiser which saw service in the United States Navy from her commissioning in 1895 until 1922. This vessel became famous as the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War in 1898. The ship was decommissioned after returning to the U.S. in 1899, but was returned to active service in 1902. She served until World War I as a training ship for naval cadets and as a floating barracks in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1917, she was mobilized again for war service, patrolling the American coast and escorting transport ships. Following the end of World War I, Olympia participated in the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in 1919, and conducted cruises in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas to promote peace in the unstable Balkan countries. In 1921, the ship carried the remains of World War I’s Unknown Soldier from France to Washington, DC, where his body was interred in Arlington National Cemetery. Olympia was decommissioned for the last time in December 1922 and placed in reserve. In 1957, the U.S. Navy ceded title to the Cruiser Olympia Association, which restored the ship to its 1898 configuration. Since then, Olympia has been a museum ship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is now part of the Independence Seaport Museum. It is the oldest steel warship still afloat. However, the Museum has been unable to fund essential maintenance for the old ship, and attempts to secure outside funding have failed. Olympia was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. As of 2010, Olympia′s future was uncertain; the museum may have to sell the ship for scrap or sink her as an artificial reef.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 3 years ago

    Great work Chris….

  • Oh hello Julie, I’m still fixin’ the description here! Thanks for the early comment, it’s greatly appreciated. I am so happy you like it, Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 3 years ago

    super work

  • That’s so kind of you, thanks so much Luda, I’m very grateful.

    – Chris Lord

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, thank you! You’re most kind!

    – Chris Lord

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Chris!

  • I hate to think that this beautiful ship will probably become scrap metal because they can’t find the funds to maintain her. I’m not keen on warships in general but look at this wonderful old steam ship, pure history and gorgeous in spite of the fact that she is bristling with guns! I bet that there aren’t too many of these around. Thanks again John, I’m very grateful for the compliment. Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture and treatment :)

  • I really appreciate your feedback, I just took a look at your pages and you really know your stuff. In fact I loved your train pics and added you to my watchlist! So thank you very much for the nice comment, cheers. :-)

    – Chris Lord

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture ,

  • Hello Elfie, thanks so much for that. Greatly appreciated, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    The honour invitation;
    Certainly beautiful artwork by your talent, This image would be suit for New Dimensions Group, happy to join us; moderate needed.
    Best regards,
    Sunny: Kornrawiee: Your host

    P.S. We have rearranged the group systems, friends can display artworks and we have moderate the artwork that suit our group:) Please display your great artworks, thank you:)

  • I am indeed honored and would love to join your group Sunny. I visited and there is no button to press so how do I join? I am very grateful for this invitation and thank you heartily.

    – Chris Lord

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture!!

  • Thanks very much John

    – Chris Lord

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Cee’s Fun Vintage Transportation group (clickable banner)

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  • This is FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much Cee, what an honor! I’m very pleased indeed.

    – Chris Lord

  • jchanders
    jchandersover 3 years ago

    Absolutely fascinating a picture and story. What a sad thing it would be if this ship would be lost!

  • Maybe someone with a few million to spare will see this and help them out! Wouldn’t that be cool? :-) Meanwhile thank you very much Juergen for checking it out, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

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