EARLY 20TH CENTURY IMAGE OF SHIPMATES TAKEN ABOARD U.S. NAVY VESSEL

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Pictured is a large (8½” X 9½”) sepia-toned albumen photo that depicts fifty-six un-identified United States naval personnel, including officers, CPOs, seamen, and U.S. Marines, taken aboard an un-identified, large navy vessel sometime in the early 1900s.  Likely the vessel is a battleship and possibly one of the dreadnoughts that made up President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet.  Image is taken from an unknown position on board the ship with the camera facing the crew in the foreground and with the outline of a town or city on sloping hills in the background.   Beside the crew, visible is one of the ship’s giant smokestacks centered in the pix along with a thinner mast and rigging from the deck tie downs up to possibly a platform on the mast. Two tied-up and ready lifeboats are visible at each side of the image, as well as two machine guns, likely a Gattling gun and a type of Billinghurst gun, both mounted on metal carriages. The crew, officers, and marines, all interspersed and wearing their white uniforms including white crew caps and white visor caps, are sitting and standing informally on the deck and sitting on a lowered cross mast, probably toward at the stern.  A fine, very clear photograph of a United States Navy ship’s crew in port during the early 1900s. Could be part of the Great White Fleet.   No date or photographers mark on the image. Two corners frayed & chipped. Else very good.

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