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Official reception to Admiral Sperry in Domain, Sydney

Date: 1908
Dimensions:
Overall: 90 x 140 mm
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00004066
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This postcard depicts the official reception of United States' Admiral Sperry to the Domain, Sydney. It was printed to commemorate the arrival of the Great White Fleet to Sydney in 1908 and was one of many cards made as souvenirs for the occasion.
    SignificanceThis postcard demonstrates the ceremonial procedures associated with the visit of the Great White Fleet to Australia in 1908. It is one of the many versions of postcards made to commemorate the American Great White Fleets visit.
    HistoryIn 1907 American President Roosevelt ordered the Atlantic Battle Fleet of the US Navy on an ambitious voyage around the world. In December 1907 led by the flagship CONNECTICUT, the Atlantic Fleet consisted of 16 battleships painted white as all US Navy ships were in times of peace. The ships sailed in four divisions of four ships each and visited six continents, 26 countries and 32 ports. It carried 614 officers, 13,504 other crew and consumed 435,000 tons of coal, more than any other naval expedition. It was the largest fleet to ever accomplish a circumnavigation.

    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.
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    Web title: Official reception to Admiral Sperry in Domain, Sydney

    Primary title: OFFICIAL RECEPTION TO ADMIRAL SPERRY, DOMAIN, SYDNEY

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    Photographer: Walter Davies

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