Rapido, a large auxiliary cruiser, was built in 1889 as a passenger liner. Purchased by Spain for Spanish-American War service, she was a unit of Admiral Camara's abortive Philippines relief expedition in June-July 1898. Returned to commercial service after 1898, she became the Russian auxiliary cruiser Terek during the Russo-Japanese War. She was scrapped in 1907.
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Photo #: NH 88730
(Spanish Auxiliary Cruiser, 1889-1907)
At Port Said, Egypt, 26 June - 11 July 1898, while serving with Rear Admiral Manuel de la Camara's squadron, which had been sent to relieve the Philippines.
This ship was the former Hamburg-Amerika Line Columbia, purchased by Spain for war service in 1898. After the Spanish- American War, she returned to Hamburg-America Line service, but became the Russian auxiliary cruiser Terek during the Russo-Japanese War.
Copied from Office of Naval Intelligence Album of Foreign Warships.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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24 October 1998