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Launching Georgia: 1904

Launching Georgia: 1904

October 11, 1904. Bath, Maine. "Bath Iron Works -- launch of the battleship U.S.S. Georgia." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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BB 15

Note discontinuous bilge keels. This feature is not currently used. It's intended for ships with such a full midsection that the bilge keel would stick out too far in that part of the ship and might be damaged by pier pilings or the like. Therefore, shorter bilge keels are placed in the tapering ends of the ship where they are less likely to suffer damage in normal berthing operations.


That pole is along the railway right-of-way. My guess is that it's all for telegraph circuits, powered probably by current-limited 100-volt DC maximum sources. That'll give you a zing, but it won't kill you.

May or may not pass Go

That battleship will soon be setting course for Monopoly.

Even in the utility pole?

Seriously— are there actually a couple of people, in wet oilcloth slickers, nesting in the utility pole cross arms? Talk about risking it all for a decent view.

Strange fruit

As I scanned this busy, brilliant picture, and noted all the lusciously unsafe features, none of them deal-breakers for this eager crowd, standing out there in the inclement weather, and as I considered making a comment about these musings, even though I already did so for the previous photo on the launching of the Georgia (, I silenced myself as soon as I noticed the men on the pole in the bottom right corner of the photo. Do I see at least two people? I attach the blurry detail below.

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