Rhode Island Picture
1906 Undivided Back Postcard from Newport,
Receiving Ship USS Reina Mercedes at Newport (1905-1912)
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This Undivided Back
Postcard, (issued from 1901
to 1907) was mailed from
Newport, Rhode Island on June 12, 1906 to Mrs.
Ellen Young in Matinicus, Maine. Matinicus
is an island off the Coast of Maine, about 20
miles southeast of Rockland.
Judging from the message on the
face of the card, the young man who sent it was most likely a
sailor serving at Newport.
The Reina Mercedes
was an Alfonso XII Class Cruiser. She was originally
commissioned in 1887. When the Spanish
American War began, she was stationed at Santiago,
Cuba. During the war, the Reina Mercedes acted as a
guard ship in Santiago Harbor. She had been partially
disarmed in order to provide guns for the coastal defense batteries.
During the Naval Battle of July 3, 1898 she was
scuttled to block the entrance to the harbor, but was later
raised by the U. S. Navy after the war ended.
She was renamed the USS
Reina Mercedes and converted to a barracks
ship. It was initially planned to convert the cruiser to a
seagoing training ship, however this plan was scrapped and she became
a receiving ship at Newport, RI in
May 1905. She remained there until 1912 after
which, she served as the station ship for the U. S.
Naval Academy at Annapolis until scrapped in
1898 Registered Letter from Minor R. Jacobs, USS
Vesuvius for further information
concerning the Battle of Santiago and the Spanish American War.
Reina Mercedes as Originally Configured -
The text of the message at
the bottom of the postcard reads as follows:
I am well and
kicking have got 5 months to go.