Ladies Who Launch: Ship Christening Photographs from Delaware Valley Shipyards

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.

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New York Shipbuilding Corporation Collection

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