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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Maritime Mascots: 1923

Maritime Mascots: 1923

September 7, 1923. "Massachusetts Nautical School." Sailors and shipboard pets. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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USS Nantucket

Named for where I live!

"Ex-USS Ranger. Berthed at North End Park on Commercial Street in Boston where, in November, 1941 it was renamed Bay State. Its original engine resides in Museum of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point."


USS Enterprise

This is a photo of the USS Enterprise that Paumanok indicates was used as a training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. A 1,375 ton, bark-rigged sloop, this Enterprise (the fifth ship of that name in U.S. Navy service) was returned to the Navy in 1909, and stricken/sold the same year. The four midshipmen and friends, seen here, were most likely photographed aboard the USS Nantucket (ex-USS Rockport, ex-USS Ranger), which served as the Academy's training ship from 1909-1940. This ship went on to serve as a training vessel for the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.

Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy was founded by an act of the state legislature on June 11, 1891 as the Massachusetts Nautical Training School, the name was changed in 1913 to the Massachusetts Nautical School and took its present name in 1942. The school's first training ship was the USS Enterprise on loan from the Navy.

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