he Spanish fleet.
You must capture or destroy them.
said the commodore.
At last we've got what we want.
We'll blow them off the Pacific Ocean.
And now the fleet was headed direct for Manila, a distance of 628 miles; and, with hearts beating high with hope, the sailors cheered lustily for Old Glory and the navy blue.
In the squadron were the following vessels: Olympia, flag-ship, Capt. C. V. Gridley commanding; Boston, Capt. Frank Wildes; Concord, Commander Asa Walker; and the Petrel, Commander E. P. Wood.
the Raleigh, Capt. J. B. Coughlan commanding, and the Baltimore, commanded by Capt. N. M. Dyer, also joined the squadron.
All these vessels were cruisers.
The single armored ship in the squadron was the Olympia, and the armor, 4 inches thick, was around the turret guns.
In making the journey to the Philippines, a speed of only 8 knots was maintained, for the transport ships could not make fast headway against the rolling sea.