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

Album Three

USS Twiggs, 1918

USS Twiggs, 1918

Miss Lillie S. Getchell, granddaughter of Levi Twiggs and sponsor, USS Twiggs, May 28, 1918. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

The career of the Destroyer Twiggs was almost as long and varied as that of its namesake, Levi Twiggs, who served 34 years in the U. S. Marine Corps. He fought in the War of 1812, the Indian Wars in Florida and Georgia in the 1830s, and died in action during the Mexican War in 1847.

The ship was in service for 33 years, first as part of the U. S. Navy, then turned over to the Royal Navy in 1940 and renamed HMS Leamington, and later lent to the Russian Navy. Upon its return to Britain, it was broken up in 1951.


USS Ambridge and USS Belfort, 1919

USS Ambridge and USS Belfort, 1919

Mrs. L. D. Reilly, sponsor USS Ambridge and Mrs. W. W. Smith, sponsor USS Belfort, May 24, 1919. Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey.

In 1919, Federal Shipbuilding built over 25 ships for the U. S. Shipping Board. The launching ceremonies for both Ambridge and Belfort were held on the same day.


USS Ambridge, 1919

USS Ambridge, 1919

Mrs. L. D. Reilly, sponsor, USS Ambridge, May 24, 1919. Federal Shipbuilding Company, Kearny, New Jersey.

 


SS Lone Star State, 1920

SS Lone Star State, 1920

Miss Georgiana W. Dean, sponsor, SS Lone Star State, December 23, 1920. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

This ship was one of 16 large transports ordered by the Emergency Fleet Corporation for the First World War. Completed after the Armistice, vessels of this class were converted to passenger ships. After service with the United States Lines, the Lone Star State was sold to a Belgian passenger line in 1940. It was bombed by German aircraft later that same year.


SS Gold Star, 1919

SS Gold Star, 1919

Launching Party, SS Gold Star, July 1919. Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware.

Built for the U. S. Shipping Board, the Gold Star was soon after obtained by the U. S. Navy. From 1924 until 1946, it served in the Pacific, transporting cargo and passengers among ports in Japan, China, the Philippines and Australia.


SS Eurana, 1921

SS Eurana, 1921

Miss Mary Eurana Ward, sponsor SS Eurana, July 16, 1921. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

 


USS Alaska, 1943

USS Alaska, 1943

Launching party, USS Alaska, Mrs. Ernest Gruening, sponsor, August 15, 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Alaska, a large cruiser, was part of a task force that provided protection to aircraft carriers in the Pacific during attacks on Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan.


SS Atlantic Navigator, 1950

SS Atlantic Navigator, 1950

Launching party, SS Atlantic Navigator, November 14, 1950. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

 


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