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Online Library of Selected Images
EVENTS--Spanish-American War--
Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898 --
Battle of Manila Bay Personalities

This page features views of Commodore George Dewey during the Battle of Manila Bay, and some of the U.S. Navy sailors who played a role in the action.

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In all cases, clicking on the small photograph will prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: NR&L(O) 22025

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


Commodore George Dewey directing the battle from on board USS Olympia. Painting by R.F. Zogbaum, 1899.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, 1957. This painting had formerly been owned by Admiral & Mrs. George Dewey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 78,206 bytes; 595 x 775 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 52830

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


Commodore George Dewey (second from right) on the bridge of USS Olympia during the battle. Others present are (left to right): Samuel Ferguson (apprentice signal boy), John A. McDougall (Marine orderly) and Merrick W. Creagh (Chief Yeoman).

Donation of Lt. C.J. Dutreaux, USNR(Ret), 1947.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 62,038 bytes; 520 x 775 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 43352

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


Quartermaster R.C. Mehrtens on lookout duty on USS Olympia's bridge, where Commodore George Dewey stood during the Battle of Manila Bay. Mehrtens steered the ship into that action.
Photographed in 1899 by George Grantham, 15 Park Row, New York City.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 60,558 bytes; 740 x 590 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 59628

Quartermaster R.C. Mehrtens


In USS Olympia's pilothouse, circa September 1899. He steered the ship during the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 80,258 bytes; 550 x 775 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 59627

C.C. Mitchell


The bugler who sounded "General Quarters" aboard USS Olympia at the start of the battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898.
Photographed circa September 1899 by George Grantham, 15 Park Row, New York.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 81,924 bytes; 595 x 775 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 43363

William Sneath


By a gun breech on USS Olympia, circa September 1899. He was wounded on board USS Raleigh during the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898.
Photographed by George Grantham, 15 Park Row, New York.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 60,171 bytes; 595 x 775 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 43353-A

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


"The Olympia's only visible battle scar". Halftone photograph, published in Harper's Weekly, 30 September 1899, page 992. It was probably taken at the time USS Olympia returned to the United States. The very faint injury is circled at left.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59,001 bytes; 560 x 780 pixels

Photo # NH 43353 is an identical image, without the circle around the faint "scar". It is not a halftone.

 
Photo #: NH 79947

Franz A. Itrich, Chief Carpenter's Mate, USN,


who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898. He was then serving aboard USS Petrel.
Halftone image, published in Deeds of Valor, Vol.II, page 353, by the Perrien-Keydel Co., Detroit, Michigan, 1907.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 82,407 bytes; 470 x 770 pixels

 

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28 March 1998