Title: National ensign flown aboard USS Olympia (C-6) during the Battle of Manila Bay
Accession #: NHHC 1963-318-A
Size: 90 x 42
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One rectangular cotton flag of the United States of America. The flag consists of seven red and six white stripes with a blue canton in the top left corner containing 45 white stars. The reverse of the hoist is stamped in black ink U.S.S. OLYMPIA MANILA BAY MAY 1 1898.
This 45-star national ensign of the United States of America was flown aboard the USS Olympia, Commodore Dewey’s flagship, during the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898.
The Battle of Manila Bay was the first major engagement of the Spanish-American War. The American squadron, under the command of Commodore George Dewey, defeated the Spanish fleet in a matter of hours.