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1056c. (photo lot) Christening U.S. Revenue Cutter Guard c.1913.

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1056c. (photo lot) Christening U.S. Revenue Cutter Guard c.1913.

1056c. (photo lot) Christening U.S. Revenue Cutter Guard c.1913. Wonderful lot of four original professional photographs detail the christening of the USS Guard in 1913. Photos are b/w and measure 8” x 10”. Two images show the lovely young woman as she lets the champaigne bottle go, striking the bow of the vessel, as RCS officers and yard workers look on. Third image shows the vessel as she is lowered into the water by a large crane. Third image shows RCS officers and finely dressed visitors posing for the camera. The USS Guard was a wooden hulled harbor craft built for the United States Revenue Cutter Service at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California. She was launched October 20, 1913 and would be stationed at Friday Harbor, WA., and Seattle, WA. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, returned to the Coast Guard in 1919; decommissioned and sold in 1943. Displacement 52 tons. 67’7” length, 12’6” beam, 6’3” draft. One triple-expansion steam engine, fitted for oil. Compliment 10 men. Photos clear, crisp, some wear and creases to corners or edges. A superb set, rare views. (VG). $145.