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American Fleet Visit, 23 July to 6 August 1925

Date: 1925
Dimensions:
Overall: 108 x 66 mm
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00045890
Related Place:Australia,

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    Description
    This black and white photograph was taken from the deck of a United States Battle Fleet ship. It depicts another US Navy ship in the distance. A handwritten caption along the bottom reads 'American Fleet Visit / 23rd July to 6th August 1925'.

    On 23 July 1925, Sydney hosted eight of the US Navy Battle Fleet's largest ships, including USS CALIFORNIA, USS COLORADO, USS TENNESSEE, USS MARYLAND, USS WEST VIRGINIA, USS NEW MEXICO, USS MISSISSIPPI and USS IDAHO. The fleet departed for New Zealand on 6 August.
    SignificanceThis photograph is significant as a souvenir of the 1925 goodwill cruise of the United States Battle Fleet to Australia, which renewed the Australian-American alliance established by the Great White Fleet visit in 1908. The 1925 visit contributes to a long history of US Naval visits to Australian ports starting with the US Exploring Expedition in 1839-1840, followed by the 1908 visit of the Great White Fleet and later visits in the 1940s in the lead-up to World War II.

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