Cristobal Colon


Guiseppe Garibaldi was an armored cruiser laid down by the company Ansaldo in 1895, and was launched in September 1896. She was sold to Spain the year after and renamed Cristobal Colon. She was commissioned soon after and assigned to 1.Squadron in the Spanish navy. After the outbreak of the Spanish-American war in 1898, she set sail from Cape Verde towards the Caribbean. She was engaged by American warships in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba 3.July 1898, and was heavily damaged and beached at the mouth of Turquino river. The American forces tried to re-float her but it only resulted that she capsized and sank. The remains of her rest today on a depth of 15 to 28 meter at La Mula. Also see the wrecks of Almirante Oquendo and Vizcaya.

Former names:
Cristobal Colon
Guiseppe Garibaldi 366,8 x 59,1 x 23,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7234 grt
Genoa ( IT ) 1896
( ES )

Picture: Cristobal Colon
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Last updated: August 2018