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Circa 1896-1899. "Berth deck cooks aboard cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn." 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.



Thanks for this series. My great uncle Joe Latham seved on the U.S.S. Baltimore during this time period.

More than cooks here?

The two men to the left of the bell are wearing distinctly different uniforms. The cap insignias are a bit too small to discern. Are they Marines?

Also, about 8 of them are wearing lanyards. Are they bosuns?

Nice shoes

A classic and very smart sailor uniform style. Flared trousers, of course! Notice those elegant, but extremely worn out shoes they all have on.

I'm wondering about morale on this ship

One half-smile, two faint attempts at a smile and otherwise a whole lot of grumpy goin' on.

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