• Length: 344 Feet
  • Beam: 53 feet
  • Displacement: 5,870 tons
  • Crew: 33 Officers, 396 enlisted men
  • Top Speed: 22 knots (25mph)
  • Coal Consumption at Top Speed: 633 lbs./minute

Launched in 1892, Cruiser Olympia (C-6) is the oldest steel warship afloat in the world.


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Historic Ship Collections

Along with the Cruiser Olympia and  Submarine Becuna, the Seaport Museum also maintains a vast collection of historical artifacts and records relating to both vessels. The Cruiser Olympia Collection has been inventoried and a collections guide can be found on the Online Resources page of the website.

For more information about either historic ships' collection, please contact the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library. If you are interested in donating historical artifacts and records to the collections, please contact the Seaport Museum's Chief Curator. 

Want to volunteer on Cruiser Olympia? Contact Travis Davis, Superintendent of Boats and Docks at or 215-413-8686. 

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