Commissioned in 1891, she operated along the United States East Coast and West Indies until 1893, when she was transferred to the Asiatic Station. She spent a year out of commission for upgrades most likely. In early 1898, she was returned to the Asiatic Fleet and took part in the Spanish American War, where she and other ships helped decimate the Spanish Fleet under command of Admiral Dewey in The Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines on May 1st, 1898.
Even though they sit mute in the corner of a disused park, these guns recall a time when America and the United States were still an untried entity in world politics. Admiral Dewey unleashed a fusillade of American might upon the Spanish Navy, and, in 115 years, that might has not changed nor backed down from a fight.
If you wish to view these fine symbols of American Might, and perhaps commune with their spirits and partake of their valor in bringing the fight to the enemy, you can find them in Seattle, Washington. Look for the Woodland Park Zoo and go to the southern entrance. On the west edge of the parking lot you will find these long forgotten behemoths keeping watch over your vehicle.