The mission of the Friends of the Cruiser Olympia is to preserve and maintain the former USS Olympia as a national heritage landmark. Together with community partners, we seek to interpret the political and social history and technologies of the OLYMPIA and her historic period.
The Friends of the Cruiser Olympia, in friendship with Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), introduced H.R. 3180, a Congressional bill that honors the Cruiser Olympia by directing the U.S. Mint to issue a Commemorative Coin for sale to the public. Your support will ensure OLYMPIA’s future for generations to come. Learn more by visiting the Friend’s Commemorative Coin Bill.
The Protected Cruiser OLYMPIA (C 6)
The Cruiser OLYMPIA is the world’s oldest steel warship afloat. She is the sole surviving US naval ship of Spanish-American War and revived American Steel Navy. Launched in 1892 and serving with distinction in two wars, OLYMPIA is emblematic of the moment the United States became a global power.
OLYMPIA is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1964), a National Historic Engineering Landmark (1977), National Historic Maritime Landmark (1988), awarded “Official Project” status of Save America’s Treasures program (1999). To learn more about OLYMPIA’s rich history, please visit About Olympia.