Ladies Who Launch: Ship Christening Photographs from Delaware Valley Shipyards

USS Kansas, 1905

Launching party, USS Kansas, August 11, 1905. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Miss Anna Hoch, sponsor and daughter of the Governor of Kansas, used a bottle of water from the John Brown Spring in Linn County to christen the ship. Kansas being a prohibition state at the time accounted for this deviation from custom.

Observers reported the day of the event was "warm and sultry" and the guests at the ceremony "suffered from the heat during several vexatious delays."

Independence Seaport Museum
New York Shipbuilding Corporation Collection

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