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United States Navy and Royal Australian Navy ships in Sydney Harbour

Date: July 1925
Dimensions:
Overall: 67 x 113 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00020973
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:Sydney,

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    Description
    Image of vessels at night dressed in lights on Sydney Harbour. 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. The four-funelled vessel to the left of the centre is possibly HMAS SYDNEY or HMAS MELBOURNE.
    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

    Primary title: AMERICAN WARSHIPS "CALIFORNIA", "TENNESSEE", "IDAHO" AND "MISSISSIPPI"

    Web title: United States Navy and Royal Australian Navy ships in Sydney Harbour

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