Photo of the day

Shorpy.com is a fascinating collection of old photos, usually scanned from glass plate negatives. This one is a nice bit of history (click to embiggen).

She’s the USS Georgia, BB-15 on the day of her launch in 1904 from Bath Iron Works in Maine. The Georgia was one of five Virginia-class battleships. She served just shy of 16 years as part of the Great White Fleet of Teddy Roosevelt, which deserves a post of its own. She was used for midshipman training, then merchant gunner training, finally serving as a troopship to bring home the American Expeditionary Force after WW1 ended. By the end of 1923, the Georgia and her sister ships had been scrapped or used for target practice and sunk.

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