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Portrait of Captain Winslow and executive officer on board the USS KEARSARGE

Date: c 1864
Dimensions:
Overall: 78 x 65 mm, 0.1 kg
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00016597
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    Tintype in a decorated Union case of Captain Winslow and his executive officer aboard USS KEARSARGE. The ship and crew scored an important victory in the American Civil War over CSS ALABAMA, and due to this achievement, a succession of ships in the US Navy have been named KEARSARGE in its honour.
    SignificanceThis photograph represents the American navy in the nineteenth century and the increasing popularity of photography.
    HistoryUSS KEARSARGE, first launched in 1861, is renowned for sinking the Confederate raider CSS ALABAMA during the American Civil War (1861-1865) on 19 June 1864. In the years following the war, KEARSARGE served in the south Pacific, operating out of Valparaiso, Chile. In 1869 it sailed to watch over American interests in the Samoan and Fijian Islands. It called into Sydney Harbour and New Zealand before returning to Callao, Peru on 31 October 1869. KEARSARGE was decommissioned and recommissioned numerous times over the next 30 years by the US Navy. However, it eventually struck a reef off the coast of Central America in 1894 and was unable to be saved.

    These postage sized tintypes were produced by cutting up a repeatedly exposed plate with tin shears. Tintypes were cheap, mass produced photographic images that became fashionable during the American Civil War as the photographic technology was being used to record war for the first time.
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    Assigned title: Portrait of captain Winslow and executive officer on board the USS KEARSARGE

    Web title: Portrait of Captain Winslow and executive officer on board the USS KEARSARGE

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