Photo #: NH 1570
Messina Earthquake, 28 December 1908
Russian Midshipmen's Training Detachment and USS Connecticut (Battleship # 18) off Messina to provide earthquake relief, 9 January 1909.
Connecticut, in the right background with white hull, was then in the Mediterranean during the final stages of the "Great White Fleet" World cruise.
The Russian ships, in the center wearing grey paint, are (from right to left): armored cruiser Admiral Makarov, battleship Slava, battleship Tsessarevich, and (probably) cruisers Bogatyr and Oleg.
Collection of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, 1928.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 24 September 2008