World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet"
December 1907 - February 1909
Overview and Special Image Selection



This page features a historical overview and special image selection concerning the December 1907 - February 1909 World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet".

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Photo #: NH 100349

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Leading the Atlantic Fleet's battleships out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, probably at the start of the "Great White Fleet" cruise around the World in December 1907.
Photo printed on a stereograph card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood.

Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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A stereo pair version of this image is available as Photo # NH 100349-A

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Photo #: NH 95513-KN (color)

"The Great White Fleet"

Painting by John Charles Roach, 1984, depicting U.S. Atlantic Fleet battleships steaming at sea during their 1907-1909 World cruise.

Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.

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Photo #: NH 85216-KN (Color)

Great White Fleet at Sea, the Second Squadron, Dec. 1907

Painting by Henry Reuterdahl, depicting Rear Admiral Charles M. Thomas on board USS Minnesota (Battleship # 22) during the Atlantic Fleet's cruise around the World. The artist has inscribed the work to Rear Admiral Thomas.

Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.
Donation of Miss Ruth Thomas.

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Photo #: KN-10857 (Color)

"United States Fleet in the Straits of Magellan, the Morning of February 8, 1908"

Oil on canvas, 40" by 67", by Henry Reuterdahl (1871-1925), signed and dated by the artist, 1910.

Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Gift of Mrs. William S. Sims, 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

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Reproductions may be available through the National Archives as Photo # 428-KN-10857

 
Photo #: NH 60991

USS Connecticut
(Battleship # 18)

Crewmen of one of the ship's seven-inch broadside guns pose with their target, following gunnery practice during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, 1908.

Collection of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, 1928.

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Photo #: NH 105310

Naval Review in San Francisco Bay, 17 May 1908


Panoramic photograph by the Pillsbury Picture Company, showing the review of the "Great White Fleet" by Secretary of the Navy Victor A. Metcalf, embarked in USS Yorktown (Gunboat # 1), which is steaming toward the left in the right center of the image.
Three destroyers are in the line nearest to the camera (from left to center), with either USS Hopkins or USS Hull in the center and USS Lawrence next astern.
Eleven battleships are present, in the rows on the opposite side of Yorktown's course, and seven Pacific Fleet armored cruisers are in the most distant row.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 92093

World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-1909


Crew members of USS Maine (Battleship # 10) parade through San Francisco, California, during the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit to that city in May 1908.
The Hall of Records building is in the left distance. Note the flag bearing the ship's name in the left center foreground, and souvenirs offered for sale in nearby shops.

Collection of Roy D. France.

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Photo #: NH 82985-KN (color)

World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-1909

Battleships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet entering Sydney Harbor, Australia, 20 August 1908.
Hand-colored photograph, printed on a postcard.

Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Mayfield, 1973.

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Photo #: NH 100754-KN (color)

World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-1909

Temporary arch erected in Manila, The Philippines, welcoming the U.S. Atlantic Fleet to that city, circa October 1908.
Color-tinted photograph, published on a postcard by H.H. Stratton, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Courtesy of Carter Rila, 1986.

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Photo #: NH 53218

USS Wisconsin
(Battleship # 9)

In a China Sea typhoon during the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1908.
Note: Though the photograph's inscription identifies this ship as USS Illinois (Battleship # 7), the configuration of her masts shows that she is actually Wisconsin.

Courtesy of DOnald M. McPherson, 1967.

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Photo #: NH 1567

World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-1909


Landing of the first liberty party from the fleet during its visit to Yokohama, Japan, circa mid-October 1908.
Note the well-decorated parade route, and small Japanese and U.S. flags carried by Sailors and spectators.

Collection of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, USN, 1928.

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Photo #: NH 101495

World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-1909


Three Sailors pose atop camels at the base of the Sphinx, during the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit to Egypt, circa 4 January 1909.
Note fezzes worn by two dismounted Sailors, and the pyramid in the left distance.

Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.

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Photo #: NH 1836

President Theodore Roosevelt

(standing on 12" gun turret at right)

Addresses officers and crewmen on the after deck of USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18), in Hampton Roads, Virginia, upon her return from the Atlantic Fleet's cruise around the World, 22 February 1909.

Collection of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN, 1926.

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Photo #: NH 82984-KN (color)

World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-1909

"Flying a 'homeward-bound' pennant." -- colored postcard, published by the Middleton Company, Middleton, Connecticut, providing a cartoon depiction of "See the World" aspects of Navy life during the Atlantic Fleet's cruise around the World.
Note the ultra-long ribbon flying out from this Sailor's "Flat Hat".

Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Mayfield, 1973.

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Photo #: NH 76542-KN (Color)

Embroidered silk souvenir of the Great White Fleet's 1907-1909 cruise around the World

Probably purchased while the Fleet was visiting the Far East in 1908. Across its center are portraits of (from left to right) Rear Admiral Charles S. Sperry, who took command of the Fleet after it arrived on the U.S. West Coast; President Theodore Roosevelt; and Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans, who commanded the Fleet during its voyage from Virginia to California. Also featured is a depiction of the Fleet steaming in column and a photograph of an unidentified Sailor.

Donation of Mrs. C.G. O'Fiel, 1972.

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