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Souvenir booklet of the US Naval Fleet visit to Brisbane, 1941

Date: 1941
Dimensions:
Overall: 236 x 175 x 1 mm, 42.9 g
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Paul Hundley
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Booklet
Object No: 00046785

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    Description
    This booklet commemorates the 1941 US Navy fleet visit to Brisbane. On 25 March a fleet of seven US Navy vessels arrived in Queensland for a three-day visit. This was one of several US Naval visits during that year.
    SignificanceThere is 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 increasing in the 1940's in the lead-up to World War II.
    HistoryOn 25 March 1941 heavy cruisers Chicago (CA-29) (Rear Admiral John H. Newton, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force) and Portland (CA-33) and destroyers Clark (DD-361), Conyngham (DD-371), Reid (DD-369), Cassin (DD-372) and Downes (DD-375) arrived in Brisbane beginning a three-day good-will visit. The fleet departed on 28 March for Fiji.

    There is a long history of US Naval visits to Australian ports starting with the US Exploring Expedition in 1839-1840. In December 1907 United States President Theodore Roosevelt sent a US Atlantic Battle Fleet of 16 battleships on a 14 month goodwill cruise around the world, visiting Australia for 3 weeks in 1908. During World War II, goodwill visits to Australia were conducted by the United State navy as a way of establishing friendship and exhibiting their vessels.

    This booklet features a compilation of photographs and text from The Telegraph and Courier Mail newspapers showing images of the ships, sailors, parades and recreational activities that were organized for the visiting vessels and their crew.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Souvenir booklet of the American Fleet, Brisbane

    Web title: Souvenir booklet of the US Naval Fleet visit to Brisbane, 1941

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