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Isla de Cuba (Cruiser, 1886-1898)

Isla de Cuba, a 1030-ton Isla de Luzon class cruiser, was launched at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in December 1886. During the Spanish-American War, she was part of the Spanish squadron in the Philippines and was sunk in the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May 1898. Salvaged by the U.S. Navy after the war, she was commissioned as USS Isla de Cuba in 1900. In 1912, she was sold to Venezuela and served as their navy's Mariscal Sucre until 1940, when she was scrapped.

This page features views of Isla de Cuba before, during and after the Battle of Manila Bay.

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Photo #: NH 88604

Isla de Cuba

(Spanish Cruiser, 1886-1898)

Photographed soon after completion, probably in a British port. This small cruiser was lost at Manila Bay, 1 May 1898, but was salvaged and entered U.S. Navy service under her Spanish name. She was sold in 1912, and became the Venezuelan navy ship Mariscal Sucre.

Copied from Office of Naval Intelligence Album of Foreign Warships.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59,830 bytes; 740 x 533 pixels


Photo #: NH 1256

"The battle of Manila", 1 May 1898

Contemporary halftone print after an artwork by W.G. Wood, originally reproducted by courtesy of F.A. Munsey. It depicts the Spanish ships at left (l-r): Isla de Cuba, Isla de Luzon and Reina Cristina. The Cavite batteries are in the center distance. At right are (l-r): USS Boston, USS Baltimore, USS Raleigh, USS Olympia and USS Concord.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 58,208 bytes; 740 x 445 pixels


Photo #: USN 902940

Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898

Scuttled wreck of the Spanish cruiser Isla de Cuba, photographed sometime after the battle. This ship was later salvaged and became USS Isla de Cuba.

Donation of Lt. C.J. Dutreaux, USNR(Ret), 1947.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 90,969 bytes; 740 x 660 pixels


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23 October 1998