A nationwide tour of museum battleships. Since World War 2, American seapower has been virtually unchallenged around the world. Her battleships have often been the symbol of that power, despite the fact that they were relatively obsolete by the end of World War 2--aircraft carriers and guided missiles made it difficult for the floating battlewagons to compete. This tour only includes existing museum ships, not memorials of bygone vessels (which deserve a tour all their own).
An exception is made for USS Olympia--technically only a protected cruiser. However this vessel, which served as Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, was the most powerful ship in the US fleet at the time, and the direct ancestor of WW1 and WW2's true battleships. As such she is included to provide a more comprehensive perspective on battleship development.