Ladies Who Launch: Ship Christening Photographs from Delaware Valley Shipyards

USS King, 1920

Mrs. Allene A. King, widow of Frank Ragan King and sponsor, USS King, October 14, 1920. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

This ship was named after the commander of the minesweeper Richard Buckley, who displayed extraordinary heroism in saving the lives of the crew when his ship struck a mine in the North Sea on July 12, 1919 and sank in 7 minutes. King's last act was to put his own life preserver on a sailor and help him over the side.

Independence Seaport Museum
New York Shipbuilding Corporation Collection

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