I created the U.S.S. Seattle blog back in 2009 as a test bed to give me a little experience before launching my Mississippi in the Confederacy blog. That blog has been up and running successfully for several years now, and I finally decided to come back and revisit the Seattle blog. I have a very large collection of real photo postcards and other artifacts related to the ship that I have put together over many years of collecting. I want to share these photos with the public, and to start off, in this post I will share some of my pictures taken of the ship when she was still known by the name she was christened with – the U.S.S. Washington.
Nice colorized postcard of the U.S.S. Washington – the card was not mailed, and is not dated
This is one of the few images I have found of the ship’s Marine detachment. The real photo postcard is labeled “Quarter deck U.S.S. Washington,” and is not dated
Beautiful colorized postcard of the Washington when she was part of the Great White Fleet in 1908
Postcard Announcing the ports of call that the Washington would make during a 1910 cruise to the East Coast of the United States
In 1915 the U.S.S. Washington was sent to Haiti to deal with the civil disorder in the country. One of the places the ship landed sailors and marines was Cap Haitien. This postcard was sent by Sailor Bill Girardin to his brother Charles in Michigan and was postmarked August 10.
Opposite side of the previous postcard
This photo is part of a collection of images that belonged to George C. Jones, an electrician on board the Washington. It dates from 1911.
Caption written on the back of the previous photograph
Photo from the Jones Collection of the mast of the Washington
Another photo from the Jones Collection showing the ship’s anchors and one the turrets
Photo from the Jones Collection showing the extremely dirty business of coaling the ship
Jones Collection photo showing what are probably the ship’s cooks, given the number of meat cleavers and frying pans being brandished