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October 22, 1900. "Russian warship Retvizan, day before launching, Cramp's shipyards, Philadelphia." This battleship had its ups and downs -- built for the Imperial Russian Navy, torpedoed during the Russo-Japanese War, refloated, then sunk, then raised, then commissioned in the Japanese Navy, then sunk again. Whew. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.