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The U.S.S. RALEIGH was 0ne of the so called "Peace Cruisers" of the CINCINNATI class. She was a member of the United States Asiatic Squadron under Admiral Dewey and took part in the Battle of Manila Bay/Cavite on May 1, 1898. In this battle, Admiral Montojo's Spanish squadron was destroyed.


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Classification: Protected Cruiser C-8
Laid Down: December 19, 1889
Launched: March 31, 1892
Commissioned: April 17, 1894
One 6" gun
Ten 5" guns
Eight 6 pounders
Two 1 pounders
One Gatling Gun
Four torpedo tubes
Contractor: Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA.
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 42 feet
Draught: 19.5 feet
Displacement: 3640 Tons
Compliment: 312 Officers and Enlisted Men.
Engine Type: Vertical triple-expansion engines, 10,500 hp. 2 shaft.
Boiler type: 6 boilers
Speed: 19 knots
Armor: 2 - 5" deck, 4" gun protection, 2" casemate


Naval History Department, Navy Department, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1959).

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