March 20, 2009
Came across these negatives the other day, if you wish to use the images feel free.
Any idea where the pics may have been taken? The material belonged to a Melbourne resident and pics were shot in the late 1920's.
Thank you for some old US naval history.
The destroyers in the various pictures all are Clemson class destroyers, in the main build by Bethelehem Shipbuilding Corporation on the US west coast generally in the 1920's.
Some of the ships are Pennant numbers, 290 Dale, 301 Somers, 323 Chase, 324 Robert Smith. 325 Mullany.
The total ships in this class are listed below.
Clemson Class destroyers:
- Abel P. Upshur
- Welborn C. Wood
- George E. Badger
- Smith Thompson
- John D. Edwards
- John D. Ford
- Paul Jones
- James K. Paulding
- Reuben James
- Osmond Ingram
- Charles Ausburn
- John Francis Burnes
- Paul Hamilton
- William Jones
- S. P. Lee
- La Vallette
- Robert Smith
- William B. Preston
I would guess that the destroyers in question were in the main based on a west coast Navy Yard such as Mare Island or at San Diego.
On the east coast there was the old Brooklyn Navy Yard, one at Hampton Roads, Philadelphia etc.
Thank you again for your interest.
March 20, 2009
What can I say other than thank you for the prompt reply and concise history of the vessels in the photographs.
I take it that the location as you suggested is definitely in the US, unusual as the 500 or so negatives in the collection are all images of Australia. Either way I am very appreciative of the information that you have compiled.
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