Painting, Battle of Malila Bay

Painting, Battle of Malila Bay

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The Battle of Manila Bay took place on May 1, 1898. The battle was fought between the American Pacific Squadron and the Spanish Pacific Squadron, near the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. The American fleet was commanded by Commodore George Dewey, the Spanish by Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasarón. The flagships of the battle were USS Olympia for the Americans and Reina Cristina for the Spanish. Seven American ships fought against nine Spanish ships though several small gunboats, equipped with weapons from land defenses, also took part in the battle. USS Olympia was built by Union Iron Works in San Francisco, California; it was launched in 1892 and was first commissioned under the command of John J. Reed. USS Olympia measured 344 feet long and 5,586 tons. Reina Cristina was built in Ferrol, Spain; when the ship was launched in 1887 it measured 278 feet long and 3,042 tons. The Battle of Manila Bay led to a major American victory; all the Spanish ships in the squadron were either destroyed, like Reina Cristina, or surrendered.
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Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1898
Mullen, F.
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 18 in x 32 in; 45.72 cm x 81.28 cm
with frame: 30 in x 45 in; 76.2 cm x 114.3 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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