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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- SPANISH NAVY SHIPS --

Castilla (Cruiser, 1881-1898)

Castilla, a 3289-ton wooden-hulled cruiser of the Aragon class, was built at Cadiz, Spain, and launched in 1881. Though essentially worn out by 1898, she was part of the Spanish fleet at Manila and was sunk by gunfire in the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898.

This page features a photograph of what may be Castilla, plus views of her during and after the Battle of Manila Bay

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Photo #: NH 46854

Spanish Cruiser of the Aragon Class


Photographed circa the 1880s or 1890s. The three ships of this class were Aragon (1879-1900), Navarra (1881-1899) and Castilla (1881-1898). The latter ship was sunk in the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 52,446 bytes; 740 x 491 pixels

 


The following images show Castilla during and after the Battle of Manila Bay:

Photo #: NH 71839-KN (Color)

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


Colored print after a painting by J.G. Tyler, copyright 1898 by P.F. Collier. Ships depicted in left side of print are (l-r): Spanish Warships Don Antonio de Ulloa, Castilla, and Reina Cristina. Those in right side are (l-r): USS Boston, USS Baltimore and USS Olympia.

Collections of the Navy Department, purchased from Lawrence Lane, 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 83,811 bytes; 1000 x 400 pixels

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Photo #: NH 101344

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


Wreck of the Spanish cruiser Castilla off Cavite, shortly after the battle. In the background are (left-to-right): USS Olympia, USS Baltimore, USS Raleigh and two merchant ships.

Copied from the USS Baltimore album, Lot S-519, page 27.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 41,393 bytes; 740 x 470 pixels

 
Photo #: USN 902938

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898


View on board the wreck of the Spanish cruiser Castilla, sometime after the battle.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 70,138 bytes; 740 x 585 pixels

 

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23 October 1998