INFANTA MARIA TERESA's Bow Turret Lantern
Contributed by Nick Lore
is an image of the original bow turret battle lantern from the Spanish
Infanta Maria Teresa, the flagship of
the commander of the squadron, Admiral Cervera
which was destroyed in the Battle of Santiago,
on July 3rd, 1898 after an engagement with the American fleet.
The lantern has a height of 18 inches, a diameter 6.6
inches, and is constructed of brass or a brass and copper composite, and
what may be gold plating since it remains untarnished after more than 100
years. The electrical wiring, off-on switch, and three glass panels are
intact. Engraved on the back of the lantern is the inscription:
"BATTLE LANTERN TAKEN FROM THE FORWARD
TURRET OF THE SPANISH FLAGSHIP MARIA
TERESA BY NAVAL CADET CYRUS W. COLE, U.S.N.
AFTER THE BATTLE OF SANTIAGO JULY 3RD, 1898."
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