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Launching of U.S.S. Olympia

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Over 20,000 guests and spectators are in attendance at Union Iron Works in San Francisco, California, for the launching of the United States' newest warship, Cruiser No. 6. The ship is sponsored by Miss Anna Belle Dickie, daughter of George W. Dickie, manager of Union Iron Works. At 11:25 AM, Miss Dickie christens Cruiser No. 6 "Olympia." At 11:27am, Miss Elsie Lilienthal cuts the launching rope, and Olympia slides down the ways, and into history. Today 120 years later, she is the oldest steel warship afloat, and the only one from America's new steel navy.
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