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Sunday, July 29, 2007
A rare photograph of the USS Brooklyn in 1905
I have this rare photograph of the belted cruiser USS Brooklyn taken in 1905. The Brooklyn was completed in 1896 and originally carried 8-8in and 10-5in guns, as well as 12 smaller guns. These are probably nominal figures. The displacement was 9,215 tons and the dimensions were 400ft-6in x 64ft-8in x 24ft. The Brooklyn had four vertical triple expansion engines and seven Scotch boilers. The IHP was 18,425. While very light on trials, the Brooklyn reached 21.91 knots.
I spent 11 years on active duty in the navy. Half was as an enlisted man and half as an officer. My Dad had interested me in the navy and ships, when I was young. I found that I was attracted to doing research, regardless of topic, although much of that research has been in the fields of naval and military history. My Dad was also an artist, and got me drawing and painting since I was three. Much of my work consists of portraits of military and naval historical figures, as well as ships and tanks.