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

Cristobal Colon (Armored Cruiser, 1896-1898)

Cristobal Colon, a 6800-ton armored cruiser of the Italian Giuseppe Garibaldi class, was built in Italy. Purchased by Spain while under construction, she was launched in 1896 and delivered in 1897. Although her main battery of two ten-inch guns was never fitted, she was part of Admiral Cervera's squadron that was sent to the West Indies during the Spanish-American War. Cristobal Colon was run ashore and scuttled in the Battle of Santiago, Cuba, on 3 July 1898.

This page features views of and on board Cristobal Colon.

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Photo #: NH 63229

Cristobal Colon

(Spanish Armored Cruiser, 1896-1898)

Photographed in 1897-98. Built in Italy, this ship's two ten-inch main battery guns had still not been installed when she was lost in the Battle of Santiago, Cuba, 3 July 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 88613

Admiral Cervera's fleet in the Cape Verde Islands, April 1898.


Spanish armored cruisers Cristobal Colon (left) and Vizcaya photographed between mid-April and 29 April, when they sailed for the West Indies.

Copied from Office of Naval Intelligence Album of Foreign Warships.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 88741

Admiral Cervera's fleet at anchor in the Cape Verde Islands, April 1898.


Photographed between mid-April and 29 April, when Cervera's ships sailed for the West Indies. In the left backround (left to right) are the Spanish armored cruisers Almirante Oquendo, Infanta Maria Teresa, Cristobal Colon, and Viscaya. Several destroyers and torpedo boats are in the center and right.
Three British Navy gunboats are also in this photograph. The first gunboat, behind the coal barges in left foreground, is probably HMS Pelican of the North America and West Indies Station.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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The following photograph was taken on board Cristobal Colon:

Photo #: NR&L(O) 17299

Cristobal Colon

(Spanish Armored Cruiser, 1896-1898)

Ship's officers, photographed in 1897-98. Note empty gun shield in the right background, intended for one of her never-installed ten-inch main battery guns.

Courtesy of Mrs. Harry Goddard, Hayward, CA, 1942.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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19 October 1998