Ladies Who Launch: Ship Christening Photographs from Delaware Valley Shipyards

USS DeLong, 1918

Launching party, USS DeLong, October 29, 1918. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Miss Emma DeLong Mills, sponsor, is pictured with her mother, Mrs. W. S. Mills, and grandmother, Mrs. George W. DeLong. The ship was named for George W. DeLong, who died commanding the USS Jeannette on its failed attempt to reach the North Pole in 1881.

This ceremony was held just 2 days after Philadelphia's public venues reopened after the deadly outbreak of influenza.

Independence Seaport Museum
New York Shipbuilding Corporation Collection

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