The Cruiser OLYMPIA published a ships newspaper that actually served the entire squadron. This page provides on the issue that covered the Battle of Manila Bay.
The newspaper was produced in a format that resulted in an 8.25" high by 6.25" wide publication. The individual sheets were folded in the middle to result in this final size. The newspaper was printed on Spanish scrap paper. The newspaper's editor even noted:
"We were delayed by a lack of paper and only through the kindness of a few of our shipmates who brought us some which the Spaniards left on evacuating Cavite, are we enabled to print this issue. We take this as an opportunity to thank them.As evidence of this, some of the sheets actually have red lines from column ledger marks, and one page is actually overprinted on a form from the "Secretaria de la Comandangia General del Arsenal del Cavite." All pages are watermarked in Spanish with "1A "surrounded by a shield, the words "F. Paya," and part of a coat-of-arms. This original copy was believed to have been mailed home by some unknown crewman to the office of Samuel W. Reeves, a prominent Philadelphia attorney.
Well 'tis an ill wind that blows nobody any good;' the fact of the 'Bounding Billow' being printed on captured paper will certainly enhance its value as a memorial of this occasion."
An original copy of the June 1898 of the Bounding Billow. Part of the watermark of "F. Paya" can be seen where it conflicted with the printing process on the Union Jack (flag on the left). The bottom of the letters "P A Y" can be seen, running vertically.
A portion of the newspaper, printed on paper from the Cavite Arsenal. The newspaper print is actually overprinted on the letterhead of Secretaria de la Comandangia General del Arsenal del Cavite.
Young, Louis Stanley, (Editor), Bounding Billow.
Gerrity, Liz (thanks! - The orginal issue of the Bounding Billow shown above)
"The Sailors of Admiral Dewey's Flagship...,"The Herald. (info. on map engraving with sail needles)