Jon Hoppe was the Digital Assets Administrator at the U.S. Naval Institute from 2015-2019. Before he started with USNI, he worked in historical research and archives. He has a background in art conservation from the University of Delaware and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. You can visit his personal site at

Articles by Jon Hoppe

Reina Mercedes 1898

'The Fastest Ship in the Navy'

By Jon Hoppe
October 2020
On 29 April 1898, Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete of the Spanish Navy steamed out of the Cape Verde Islands with a fleet of four armored cruisers and three destroyers ...
Hoppe Opener

The Atomic Buoy Experiment

By Jon Hoppe
August 2020
It's not every day that the deployment of a navigational aid is attended by great fanfare, but that's what happened on 15 December 1961 at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard ...

A Story in a Spoon

Jon Hoppe
December 2020
Our country is at WAR,” read the memorandum to the employees of Republic Metalware Company in Buffalo, New York, shortly after the United States declared war against Germany in ...