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Open House: 1900

Open House: 1900

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Oregon quarterdeck." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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His hair is also way too long!

Massive anchor!

How many sailors does it take to pick up that anchor and throw it cover the side? Or is there a crane, or is it merely for display?


Sorry, but that's obviously the forecastle. Note the secured anchor behind the windlass. The quarterdeck is at the other end of the ship.

A sad end

USS Oregon ended her days as a "dynamite" barge during World War II. Her duty was to store and deliver high explosives during Pacific invasions.

I'd like to go back

and square that Marine away.

Wrinkled trousers and sloppy manual of arms just doesn't cut it. His forearm should be parallel to the deck and his heels together.

Seriously, I see a lot of things in these old photos that would not be acceptable in the modern military.

Great stuff, though.

I love this site.

Fiddly Detail

Just as a point of interest, the rifle the Marine guard is carrying is the little-known Lee-Navy M1895.

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