Spanish American Gunners
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Gunner S.J. Skaw and crew strike a casual pose with their 8-inch gun aboard the USS Olympia. Under Admiral George Dewey this group fired the first shots in the Spanish American War. Dewey, who married a Portsmouth woman, is known for his command: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley." Photographer LV Newell caught this shot at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.



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USS Olympia gunners


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