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1251. (lot 4 mounted photos) Crew U.S. Revenue Cutter Apache c.1905.

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1251. (lot 4 mounted photos) Crew U.S. Revenue Cutter Apache c.1905.

1251. (lot 4 mounted photos) Crew U.S. Revenue Cutter Apache c.1905. Rare lot of 4 crew photos taken while moored in Baltimore, are on original mounts and provide rare views of the crew posed on deck, at work and in both summer and winter uniforms. The Apache was originally launched as the Galveston but was renamed in 1904. She was a 190-foot, 416-ton, iron-hulled, twin screw steamer built by Reeder & Sons of Baltimore for $95,650. She entered service in 1891 as the Galveston and was decommissioned in 1937. She served along the Gulf coast out of Galveston and patrolled in defense of New Orleans during the Spanish American War. Afterwards, she assisted in flood relief efforts, was placed at the disposal of the governor of Texas, participated in Mardi Gras celebrations, transported local students “for educational purposes to study Galveston Harbor,” patrolled regattas, sailed on winter cruises on the Chesapeake Bay, participated in fleet drills with the Navy, transported politicians and dignitaries, and investigated the conditions of local oyster beds. As of 1914 she was stationed at the mouth of the Chesapeake, boarding all departing foreign vessels for compliance with US neutrality laws. She continued for the rest of her Coast Guard career on the Chesapeake and surrounding waters and continued to carry out “VIP” duties, transporting various government officials on cruises around the Bay. The Army acquired her during World War II where she was outfitted as a radio transmitting vessel that later broadcasted General Douglas MacArthur’s “I have returned” speech. Mounts are well worn with chips and areas removed, but photos are a bit better. Some corner chips, some staining, moderate soiling. Though not good condition, they are clear, close views, still with great details. Photos 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” on 5” x 6” mounts. Rare views. (G). $88.