The Reina Cristina's 37 mm Guns

Contributed by Jon Ault

The REINA CRISTINA, the Spanish Flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, was equipped with six 37mm guns. Four of those guns can be seen today at the United States Coast Guard Academy's Hamilton Building at New London Connecticut.

Each of the guns has an identical inscription on the breech. The inscription reads:

"This gun was taken from the Spanish Flagship REINA CRISTINA after the destruction of the Spanish Fleet in Manila Bay, May 1, 1898, by the United States Squadron under the command of Commodore George Dewey, United States Navy, and was afterwards placed on the United States Revenue Cutter McCULLOCH in recognition of her efficient services when attached to that Squadron."


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