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Postcard commemorating the American Fleet visit to Japan

Date: 1908
Dimensions:
Overall: 92 x 142 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00045883

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    Description
    This postcard titled 'Welcome' was issued by the Department of Communications in commemoration of the visit of the American Fleet, October 1908 to Yokohama, Japan. Features an image of one of the warships, possibly the VERMONT, from the Fleet over a background of an anchor, roses and a rope coiled to spell out 'American Fleet'. Posted from Yokohama 19 October 1908 by a sailor on USS VERMONT.
    SignificancePrinted ephemera captures a moment in time and in this case it represents the enormous impact of the Great White Fleet world tour in 1908.
    HistoryIn December 1907 United States President Theodore Roosevelt sent the US Atlantic Battle Fleet of 16 battleships and seven auxiliary ships on an 18 month goodwill cruise around the world. The fleet was a chance for the Navy to practice seamanship and express America's world power. Roosevelt was also concerned about rising Japanese aggression and their expansionist foreign policy. The cruise would be a political and public relations exercise to build domestic support for more naval construction.

    Led by the flagship, USS CONNECTICUT, the Great White Fleet as it became known, consisted of 16 battleships painted white, as was the practice of all US Navy ships in times of peace. The ships sailed in four divisions of four ships each. Early in the voyage the order of the ships was altered to allow the best-looking vessels to be at the front of the fleet. The cruise incorporated six continents, 26 countries and 32 ports with 614 officers and 13,504 crew. It consumed 435,000 tons of coal, more than any other naval expedition and was the largest fleet to ever accomplish a circumnavigation of the globe.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: US Great White Fleet memorabilia

    Assigned title: Postcard commemorating the arrival of the American Fleet in Yokohama, October 1908

    Web title: Postcard commemorating the American Fleet visit to Japan

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