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Mascots: 1917

Mascots: 1917

New York, 1917. "Mascots aboard Recruit." Furry/feathery companions for sailors on the "landship" in Union Square. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.


Old Salt

On the the chief petty officer 2nd class I count seven stripes. That's one stripe for each four years of continuous service. 28 years makes for an Old Salt. You can bet he's seen a few things in his time compared to the landlubbers.

Note: "Poop deck" = priceless.

In Nautical Terms

I suppose this is what's called the poop deck.

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