Photo #: NH 41998
British airship R-38 (U.S. Navy ZR-2)
"To fly the R-38 here. Leaving on the Princess Matoika to bring home via the air the R-38 now being built over there for the United States.". (quoted from the original caption). They are on board the passenger liner Princess Matoika (formerly USS Princess Matoika) for the trip to England, where the airship was under construction.
These men are identified in the original caption as:
left to right, kneeling: S.H. Knight, F.M. Gorey and A.C. Carlson.
left to right, standing: W.G. Steele, F.L. Stevens, W.A. Russell and R.N. Coons.
Chief Machinist's Mates W.J. Steele and R.M. Coons were among those who lost their lives when the R-38 crashed on 24 August 1921.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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1 December 2004