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Tall Ships: 1900

Tall Ships: 1900

Pensacola Bay circa 1900. "Pensacola Harbor, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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USS Texas

Good call on possibly being the USS Texas. However, I don't think it is. I think the Texas had a shorter stack. The one next to it looks like the USS Alabama.


Great angle on the square-riggers. Can anyone ID them?

Old Hoodoo

The warship on the right is probably the first USS Texas--also known as "Old Hoodoo" after running aground twice in two years.

Warships in the background

Anyone know why 4 warships would be steaming by in the background? I'm guessing they are the reason this photo was taken.

[1. Pensacola Navy Yard. 2. This isn't how a commercial photographic company such as Detroit Publishing would take a photo of warships, far away and behind other ships. The photo is of the dock. -tterrace]

Avina torpedoed in 1917

Looks like the ship on the right, SS Vivina, was torpedoed in 1917.

"On March 13th, 1917, Vivina, on a voyage from Newport, Mon. to Horta with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine UC-21 (Reinhold Saltzwedel), 12 miles off Ile d'Oleron. There were no casualties."

It's complicated

I've always thought ship's rigging looks like it was designed by Rube Goldberg. Moving a ship by wind power was certainly not a simple process!

Those US Navy Ships

In the background are some ships of the US Navy.

The ship on the left hand side in the foreground is a Kearsarge class battleship (so either Kearsarge or Kentucky), but I am not sure what is behind her. Any ideas?

The two ships on the right are Illinois class battleships, the only USN ships built with the funnels side by side, a common feature of Royal Navy ships at the time.

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