Don Juan de Austria, a 1160-ton Infanta Isabel class cruiser, was launched at Cartagena, Spain, in January 1887. During the Spanish-American War, she was a unit of the Spanish squadron in the Philippines. Sunk on 1 May 1898 in the Battle of Manila Bay, the ship was later salvaged by the U.S. Navy. In 1900, she was commissioned as USS Don Juan de Austria and remained in U.S. service until 1919.
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Photo #: NH 46866
Spanish Cruiser of the Infanta Isabel Class
Photographed in U.S. waters, with the river steamer Angler in the background, circa the 1880s or 1890s. This class of small cruisers included the Infanta Isabel (1885-1926), Isabel II (1886-1902), Cristobal Colon (1887-1895), Conde del Venadito (1888-1902), Don Antonio de Ulloa (1887-1898), and Don Juan de Austria (1887-1898). The latter two ships were lost in the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898, along with the Velasco (1881-1898), a ship of similar design.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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23 October 1998