Pictures of the U.S.S. Washington

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

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

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

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 made during a 1910 cruise to the East Coast of the United States

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.

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

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 about 1910.

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

Caption written on the back of the previous photograph

Photo from the Jones Collection of the mast of the Washington

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

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

Photo from the Jones Collection showing the extremely dirty business of coaling the ship

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Jones Collection photo showing what are probably the ship's cooks, given the number of meat cleavers being brandished

Jones Collection photo showing what are probably the ship’s cooks, given the number of meat cleavers and frying pans being brandished

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About championhilz

Jeff T. Giambrone is a native of Bolton, Mississippi, and grew up near the Champion Hill Battlefield. He has a B.A. in history from Mississippi State University and an M.A. in history from Mississippi College. He has published four books: BENEATH TORN AND TATTERED FLAGS: A REGIMENTAL HISTORY OF THE 38TH MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY, CSA, VICKSBURG AND THE WAR, which he co-wrote with Gordon Cotton, AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN & NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, and his latest, in 2012, REMEMBERING MISSISSIPPI'S CONFEDERATES. In addition Giambrone has written articles for NORTH SOUTH CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE, MILITARY IMAGES MAGAZINE, NORTH SOUTH TRADER'S CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE, and THE CIVIL WAR MONITOR.
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