Preserving the USS Olympia - a Protected Cruiser

The USS Olympia, which fought in the Spanish American War of 1898 has been preserved and is a valuable piece of US maritime history. Unfortunately, Olympia needs $10-15 million in repairs to keep her a viable museum for years to come. She has not been out of water for approximately 40 years. If you have connections or resources to help, please contact me at 612-599-1935 or

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

History of USS Nassau LHA 4

The History

  USS Nassau (LHA 4) is named for the Battle of Nassau, the Navy/Marine Corps team's first-ever amphibious landing.
  Capt. Esek Hopkins of Rhode Island rallied a task force of four ships near the Bahamas on March 1, 1776.  The next day Hopkins sent a raiding party of 230 Marines and 50 Sailors ashore under the command of Capt. Samuel Nicholas, the Continental Marines' first commissioned officer.
Capt. Samuel Nicholas and the Continental Marines land at Nassau, Bahamas.
  On March 3 the Marines captured Nassau without a fight and seized a sizable store of cannon, mortars and munitions.  The battle marked the first time American Sailors and Marines responded to the command "Land the landing force."

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