Ladies Who Launch - Ship Christening Photographs from Delaware Valley Shipyards - Independence Seaport Museum

Album Two

USS Sonoma, 1912

USS Sonoma, 1912

Unidentified sponsor, USS Sonoma, May 11, 1912. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Tugboat Sonoma served as a tender ship in the Atlantic during the first World War, and in World War II did towing, salvage and fire-fighting duty in the Pacific.


USS Lorain, 1919

USS Lorain, 1919

Launching Party, USS Lorain, April 17, 1919. Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey.

The steam merchant ship Lorain was given to Britain in 1942 and renamed Empire Thrush. Later that same year, it was sunk by a German U‑boat near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.


USS Winona County, 1919

USS Winona County, 1919

USS Winona County Entering the Hackensack, August 16, 1919. Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey.

Winona County was built for the U. S. Shipping Board, and was sold to Great Britain in 1941. The ship, renamed Empire Whale, was sunk by a German U‑boat on March 29, 1943.


SS Salem County, 1919

SS Salem County, 1919

Launching Party, SS Salem County, Mrs. J. Dale Dilworth, sponsor, August 30, 1919. Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware.


Sinclair Oil Company tanker, c. 1921

Sinclair Oil Company tanker, c. 1921

Unidentified sponsor, Sinclair Oil Company tanker. Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, c. 1921.


SS Solana, 1921

SS Solana, 1921

Launching party, SS Solana, Miss Elise Shearman, sponsor, January 22, 1921. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

 


USS Oklahoma City, 1944

USS Oklahoma City, 1944

Mrs. Anton H. Classen, sponsor, USS Oklahoma City, February 20, 1944. Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 


NS Savannah, 1959

NS Savannah, 1959

Launching party, NS Savannah, Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower, sponsor, July 21, 1959. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Savannah was the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship, built as part of President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" initiative. Although not meant to be profitable, its economic inefficiency destined it to a short career.


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