Coming up on May 1st, one of our local clubs is sponsoring a games day on the USS Olympia. For $50 you can play all day as well as visit two wonderful warships, one from the days of pre-dreadnoughts and the other USS Becuna that fought in both World War II and the Cold War. There is even a sleep over on the Olympia, alas in sleeping bags and not hammocks.
They will be doing at least one Battle of Manila Bay in miniature. For those that are not familiar with it, the Battle of Manila Bay was the initial victory over Spain in the Spanish American War were in the after effects the United States acquired colonies in the Pacific. With the acquisition of the Philippines, Guam and Wake the United States was set on a collision course with Imperial Japan. And the USS Olympia was there as Commodore Dewey’s flagship.
It can easily be argued that without the Battle of Manila the 20th Century and World War II would have been very different.