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USS CALIFORNIA V seaplane

Date: July 1925
Dimensions:
Overall: 64 x 110 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00020968
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:Sydney,

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    Description
    Image of a seaplane being launched off USS CALIFORNIA V. USS CALIFORNIA, a Tennessee-class battleship, was launched in 1919 as the flagship of the Pacific arm of the United States Navy, the Battle Fleet. It was heavily damaged and partially sunk during the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941. It was rebuilt and was active in World War II. CALIFORNIA was decommissioned in 1947 and sold for scrap in 1959.
    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.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: USS CALIFORNIA V seaplane

    Assigned title: American warships CALIFORNIA, TENNESSEE, IDAHO and MISSISSIPPI

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