What We Saved: Old-Time Ephemera
from the Seaport Museum Archives

Photograph, Invitation, and Program

Launching of USS Truxtun
Mrs. Kirby H. Tappan and Mrs. Scott Umstead, sponsors
New York Ship Yard, Camden, NJ
December 19, 1964

Constructed by New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey in 1963, the cruiser USS Truxtun was launched on December 19, 1964. Co-sponsors Mrs. Kirby H. Tappan and Mrs. Scott Umstead both smashed champagne bottles on the Truxtun’s bow, christening the ship. Truxtun served in the Vietnam conflict, earning seven battle stars as well as the Navy Unit Commendation, and was finally decommissioned in 1995.

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New York Shipbuilding Records

Photograph: 10 × 8 1/8 inches
Invitation: 7 1/4 × 5 1/4 inches
Program: 7 × 4 3/8 inches

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