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Amphibious Operations

 

Preliminary Shake Down, New Orleans
Thomas Hart Benton #7
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AY


Men while away their off duty hours in a New Orleans night club before the LST weighs anchor for foreign ports.

 

All Work
Thomas Hart Benton #10 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BB


Crew members of an LST docked at New Orleans, make a personal inspection of the faded delights of the old Gulf port.

 

Down the Lower Mississippi
Thomas Hart Benton #15
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BG


Men aboard a Navy LST watch as an old side wheeler tows flatbarges up the Mississippi during the LST's voyage down to New Orleans from the shipyard.

 

Stow Her Away Mates
Thomas Hart Benton #14
Pen and ink on paper, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-BF


In a shipboard task almost as ancient as the art of maritime voyaging, crewmen of the LST stow away the hawser as the landing craft moves down the Ohio.

 

On the Old Ohio
Thomas Hart Benton #2
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AT


The newly launched LST moves down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh on her "shakedown cruise". In comparison to the modern war vessel is an old stern wheeler at the left, her two towering stacks putting black smoke into the sky.

 

The Long Haul
Thomas Hart Benton #4
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AV


The completed LST is hauled out to the launching skids. Soon it will be officially christened, and on its way to a distant battle.

 

Stern Task
Thomas Hart Benton #6 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AX


Workmen (and women) labor on the stern section of an LST under construction. Benton's facile hand catches the multiplicity of operations that go into the construction of a unit in the Navy's landing craft armada.

 

Bow Up
Thomas Hart Benton #3 
Pen and ink wash on paper, circa 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-AU

 

With the aid of a giant crane, the huge bow section of a Landing Ship Tank is lifted into place in a Pennsylvania shipyard.

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1 April 2001