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Apron made from USS LOUISIANA cap tally

Date: c 1908
Overall: 884 x 945 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Embroidered silk, gilt thread
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Apron
Object No: 00009200

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    This apron features a waist band made from a cap tally of the USS LOUISIANA. The pocket is made from a woolen naval ratings badge and features decorations including stars and fouled anchors. The silk thread border has the patriotic colours of red, white and blue. LOUISIANA was one of 16 battleships that served in the American Great White Fleet during its peace time world tour in 1908.
    SignificanceThis apron is representative of the pride associated with the visit of the USS LOUISIANA as part of the American Great White Fleet in 1908.
    HistoryIn 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. The fleet was a chance for the Navy to practice seamanship and express America's world power. Roosevelt was also concerned about rising Japanese aggression and their expansionist foreign policy. The cruise would be a political and public relations exercise to build domestic support for more naval construction.

    Led by the flagship, USS CONNECTICUT, the Great White Fleet as it became known, consisted of 16 battleships painted white, as was the practice of all US Navy ships in times of peace. The ships sailed in four divisions of four ships each. Early in the voyage the order of the ships was altered to allow the best-looking vessels to be at the front of the fleet. The cruise incorporated six continents, 26 countries and 32 ports with 614 officers and 13,504 crew. It consumed 435,000 tons of coal, more than any other naval expedition and was the largest fleet to ever accomplish a circumnavigation of the globe.

    Australia was not originally on the itinerary route of the Great White Fleet, who only decided to visit after receiving a direct invitation from the Prime Minister Alfred Deakin. One quarter of the Australian population, over one million people, saw the Great White Fleet during its three-week visit to Sydney, Melbourne and Albany. Public holidays were declared and enthusiastic crowds flocked to see the ships and parades. Vast arrays of souvenirs were produced for a population caught up in the euphoria.

    The USS LUOISIANA was a Connecticut class battleship launched on 27 August 1904. It was involved in operations in Cuba and the Panama Canal before taking part in the 1907 to 1909 Great White Fleet tour. LOUISIANA's later career was spent in the North Atlantic and waters around Mexico. During World War I the battleship was active in the Atlantic between Canada and France. It was decommissioned on 20 October 1920 and sold for scrap.
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