Main Deck

Admiral’s pantry 

The Admiral’s pantry contains a refrigerator, wooden cabinet, and sink.

Dimensions: @ 4’ x 9’

Captain’s office 

The Captain’s office retains the wooden desks, files, tables and chairs that would have been used by the ship’s Captain.

Dimensions: @16’ x 9’

Forward galley area

This space between the galley and a bulkhead is currently not utilized. It includes a space in front, and a hatch behind it that opens to the lower Berth Deck. Artwork could be installed in both parts of this space with the potential to hang work between decks.

Dimensions: @5’ x 5’,  hatch below @3’ x 8’

5” gun starboard side

Artists would be able to make use of the large gun as the base or component of an installation.

Gun dimensions: @6’ x 4’ x 2’

Exterior Deck

All works placed on the exterior decks would need to withstand the elements, including rain, wind, storms, and sun, for the duration of the show.

Deck of Becuna  

Submarine Becuna is the U. S. Navy submarine moored adjacent to the Olympia. There are two roped off surfaces on its deck that can be used for installations.  They can be viewed by visitors to both ships and if they are large enough, by visitors standing on the shore.

Foreward deck 

The Foreward Deck is a large area at the front of the ship that is off limits to visitors, but which can be viewed from different places on the ship, primarily from the Superstructure Deck above. It includes many stationary features like chains, gun turrets, bollards, hatches, and other fixtures. Installations placed here would need to be visible from a distance.

Boat platforms and davits 

Lifeboats were a necessity when Cruiser Olympia was at sea, and they were placed on platforms on the Superstructure Deck. The davits are the cradles that held them. All of these overhead structures could be used for installations as long as no elements of the art interfered with people walking below.

Cruiser Olympia was also fitted with sails in order to make use of wind power. The sails are no longer there, but some of the masts and rigging that held them are.  It could be possible to fashion a sail that could be placed as a “staysail” that would be attached to the lower part of one of the masts.

Berth Deck 1

Officers’ washroom 

The washroom was used by officers. It is currently mainly empty, with just 2 sinks and a wooden cabinet. Visitors can view the room through a clear Plexiglas door.

Dimensions: @ 8’ x 10’

Officers’ shower room

The shower room was also reserved for officers. It is also empty, containing just one wall cabinet and a showerhead. Visitors can view the room through a clear Plexiglas door.

Dimensions: @ 4’ x 10’

Officer’s stateroom

This is a typical officer’s stateroom with a built in wooden bunk, wardrobe, and chest of drawers. Visitors can view the room through a clear Plexiglas door.

Dimensions: @ 8’ x 10’

Engine room 

The available space for installation here is above (something suspended) or below deck. Above is a bright, atrium-like space that can be accessed by artists working with the ship’s staff. The space below deck can also be accessed by artists, but it cannot be entered by the public. The engine is below the deck and the sounds of a real engine are simulated and played during the hours the ship is open.

Dimensions: @ 16’ x 10’ x H?


The windlass was used to hoist up the anchors. It is a massive piece of equipment and artists could use space below it or around it to create an installation. Using light as an element could be appropriate here.

Dimensions: @12’ x 10’  – usable space below and around

Berth Deck 2

Enlisted (crew) space

This area was used for crew activities like sleeping and eating. Artists will have access to the whole space (leaving clear space for a walkway.) Preferably, the hammocks will remain in place. If they are removed, storage must be found onboard the ship in collaboration with the staff. This space can be entered by the public.

Dimensions: @ 15’ x 20’

Sick Bay

The Sick Bay area includes a large room with bunks, a sink and a desk, and a smaller area with a bathtub and toilet. An installation in this space can be viewed from two different doorways covered in clear Plexiglas. Visitors may not enter the space.

Dimensions: @ 12’ x 25’


The Laundry area is a long, narrow space with laundry machines that cannot be moved.  Visitors cannot enter this space and it can only be viewed through a doorway at the front of the room.

Dimensions: @ 10’ x 27’


The Dispensary provided medical services and served as the ship’s pharmacy.  It currently contains bottles, implements, cabinets and an examining table. Artists will be able to make use of the objects in the room as long as they are not permanently altered. The room can be viewed through clear Plexiglas doors but visitors may not enter the space.

Dimensions: @ 10’ x 11’

Berth Deck 3

Overhead pipes

There are many overhead pipes throughout Cruiser Olympia. It may be possible to install or hang small works on them or in spaces above or near them. Since the height of the decks is low, any installations making use of overhead pipes would need to take this into account so that there are no obstacles or components that extend into spaces where visitors might come into contact with them.

Living History (Band) Room

This space is currently underutilized but does contain a number of objects and pieces of furniture that would probably need to remain in the space. The room can be viewed through multiple clear Plexiglas doors but visitors may not enter the space.

Dimensions: @ 15’ x 8’

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