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The Vestal: 1908

The Vestal: 1908

Miss Goodrich breaking bottle and christening the fleet collier Vestal at Brooklyn Navy Yard. May 19, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

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What an excellent second to

What an excellent second to snap the picture. I love the debris around Miss Goodrich. Very cool.

The Vestal is a historic ship in her own right... she was moored outboard of USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It has always amazed me that the ship did not sink when the Arizona's ammunition magazines exploded, destroying the front half of the battleship but somehow sparing the Vestal moored right next to her. Vestal was damaged by the explosion, along with two other bomb hits, but survived and served throughout the war. For more info:

Lynn Ritger
Newport News, VA


That was my grandpa's ship in WWII! How cool is that!

big boat

what a fantastic photo, I wonder who the gentleman with his top hat off is?

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