Photo ArchiveSpanish–American War Battleships Photo Archive consist of 28 silver gelatin print photographs. All are vintage black and white Photos, size range from 4.5" x 3.5" to 5.5" x 4" inches. Photos are loose. This photo archive depicts US armored naval ships in New York harbor around the time of the Spanish-American War. 23 of the images show battleships or large ships at sea. Some photos taken from the Brooklyn Bridge showing boats in the harbor while others taken aboard, showing the decks of these early battleships. One photo depicts a military parade down a cobblestone street with trolley tracks lined by brownstones. Additionally, there are some photos of civilian and commercial ships, including sail boats and ferries in the Brooklyn Harbor. This archive contains photos of two of the most fearsome American naval ships of the 1890s, the USS Indiana and the USS Texas. Most of the ships still have masts and long chimneys, some with three chimneys, smoke billowing visibly. Others have a single central chimney. Sailors line the decks and the American flag waves across the water. 6 photos have circle shaped images of ships and harbors which was still fashionable in the 1890's. Also includes 3 photos of 19th century interiors. At the beginning of the Spanish-American War, the USS Indiana formed an integral part in Admiral Sampson's Squadron, sailing to intercept a Spanish squadron on its way to the Caribbean. The Indiana took part in bombarding San Juan in 1898 before returning to Key West to continue the blockade of Havana. When the Spanish Torpedo Boat Destroyers the Pluton and Furor fled the battle of Santiago, the guns of the Indiana took part in their destruction. The other Spanish vessels fleeing battle were sunk or run ashore. The Indiana was the lead battleship of its class, launched in 1893, and the Texas was the first American battleship commissioned. At this point the US Navy was at a relatively weak state despite the US skyrocketing into Great Power status, and these ships represent that effort to both better safeguard American coasts and exert influence over the seas of the Western hemisphere and the Pacific. Some have pencil notations of the ship names on versos including Indiana, Massachusetts, Texas and Brooklyn. In very good condition overall.