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Title
A view of San Pedro Harbor (or Los Angeles Harbor), showing the arrival of the Great White Fleet, ca.1908
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1908
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license--http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--Credit both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Description
Photograph of San Pedro Harbor (or Los Angeles Harbor), showing the arrival of the Great White Fleet, ca.1908. Spectators sitting on bleachers (foreground) or standing on the hill near the breakwater (center) watch the 12 visible white ships maneuver in the harbor as it prepares to pull into the piers. Several early-model cars are parked on the hill where the spectators stand watching. A building is situated in the middle of the hill.
"From 16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909 the US Atlantic Fleet steamed around the world on a mission of 'Gunboat Diplomacy'. The ships, commonly known as the 'Great White Fleet' due to their white-painted hulls, called in ports the world over, impressing foreign dignitaries with the appearance of great power. The entire affair was designed to impress, and everything was done to make sure the fleet's appearance was perfect. The ships, however, were not all they appeared to be. HMS Dreadnought had been in commission for a year, effectively rendering all the US ships obsolete. Two of the ships had such severe mechanical problems that they could not complete the cruise, and two more were obsolete and unfit for battle. It was great show, but the military value of the fleet was questionable. This was the last great hurrah for the age of white ships, buff masts and high diplomacy on the high seas. As soon as the ships returned from the cruise they were stripped of their fancywork and much of their bridgework, painted gray, and had their pole masts replaced by functional but unsightly cage masts. The buildup towards WWI had begun." -- unknown author.
Type
image
Format
3 photographs : glass photonegative, photonegatives, b&w
21 x 26 cm., 18 x 26 cm.
glass plate negatives
negatives (photographic)
photographs
Identifier
chs-m12120
USC-1-1-1-990 [Legacy record ID]
CHS-5472
http://doi.org/10.25549/chs-m12120
http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/CHS-5472.jpg
Subject
Harbors
Wharves
Docks
Ships
Los Angeles--San Pedro and Wilmington--Engineering--Breakwater
Time Period
circa 1908
Place
California
Los Angeles
San Pedro
USA
Source
1-50- [Microfiche number]
5472 [Accession number]
CHS-5472 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
Relation
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960
chs-m265

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