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Leyte served the Navies of Spain and the United States.


  • The first Leyte was laid down in 1886 for the Spanish Navy by the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co., Hong Kong, China
  • Completed in 1890
  • Captured 1 July 1898 during the Spanish-American War
  • Commissioned 22 March 1900
  • Decommissioned 27 January 1902
  • Struck from the Navy list 27 May 1907
  • Sold 16 December 1907
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 151 t.
  • Length 115'
  • Beam 17' 6"
  • Draft 6' 9"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: One 6-pounder and two 1-pounders (Added two Colt machine guns in 1905)
  • Propulsion: One Scotch boiler, two vertical compound engines, two shafts.
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    Leyte 16k

    Leyte is an island in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines. It is the eighth largest island in the Philippines by land area

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    Leyte 64k Last Stand on Zombie Island

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