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Baptism at Bath: 1904

Baptism at Bath: 1904

October 11, 1904. Bath, Maine. "Launch of the battleship U.S.S. Georgia at Bath Iron Works." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.


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Bad timing

As a warship she was effectively outdated almost from the moment she entered service. The Georgia was among the last capital ships built before the advent of the all big gun battleship design pioneered by HMS Dreadnought.

I was there 35 years ago

As a sailor stationed on a ship being overhauled at Bath Iron Works. While there my wife and I attended the launching of a new frigate. Little had changed from the Georgia's launching.

Needs some Jenny Craig

An interesting fin on the hull below water line. There must be a matching one on the other side. Suppose they help stabilize the soon-to-be very heavy vessel at steam.

Georgia, we hardly knew ye

She seems to have had a rather short and unpleasant career.

Wild & unfettered

Of course, people got a lot more crushed and broken and burnt and killed in the olden days, but look at the fun they had! No one’s forcing anyone to be there. I’d take it over today’s ultra-cautious, highly-regulated, monstrously-litigious, scoldy, nasty, spirit-crushing meanness.

[I bet they didn't complain much either. - Dave]

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