The cruiser Olympia is an incredible piece of history to analyze in our city of Philadelphia.
The USS Olympia is in the middle of the beautiful chaos of Penn’s Landing. Surrounding the entrance to the ship is a park full of different stands where patrons can get food or drinks. On this particular beautiful fall day, there were people all over of all different demographics sitting in hammocks, walking around and drinking on the grass. The environment was fun and welcoming. The cruiser Olympia sits in patience in this beautiful area waiting for visitors to explore her history.
The experience of this cruiser was very pleasant. When you first enter the ship, you walk on this bridge over the water and over a little boat thing that I presumed to be a submarine. It’s a unique experience compared to other museums since it’s a museum of the USS Olympia in the USS Olympia. The museum is very informal unlike other museums like the Peale museum which seemed very serious and only meant for scholars. There were several plaques that explained history of the cruiser. For instance, the museum explained how the ship is from 1892 and is very rare since no other sister ships were built for this cruiser who helped the United States Navy in the Spanish-American war. The majority of this museum focused on not necessarily the accomplishments of the ship itself, but how these people lived and worked on this boat.
Hundreds of people lived on this boat for months. Since it isn’t a formal museum and has a different structure, there helpful big bold blue arrows to guide you throughout the cruiser. While walking throughout this historic ship, you see the small cots which the people would sleep and the small old bathrooms in which people used every day. It is almost unfathomable how these people must have lived. The arrows slowly bring you up until finally you are on the deck of the USS Olympia. This was my favorite part.
Being on the deck of the naval ship was beautiful. This is where I felt the most patriotism while being in this museum. People once stood where I was standing in battle for our country. It has a beautiful view of the Ben Franklin bridge over the river. After learning about how these men struggled, you end the museum with being on top of the majestic ship with a beautiful scene of our country.
The most significant point that I took away from the USS Olympia is how hard the men worked during this century. When learning about this time of our country’s history, we talk about the progress and how hard the people worked for it. The USS Olympia is a great example of that. These men lived in a manner I could not imagine, but this experience made me imagine it a little better.