Photo #: NH 102737
Steam lighters George H. Johnson (center) and Catherine Johnson (left)
Loading or unloading barrels while alongside an unidentified freighter prior to World War I.
Photographed by W.L. Drummond, 72 Wall Street, New York.
These two lighters were owned by the T. Johnson Company of New York City. Both were inspected in 1917 for possible Navy service, receiving (respectively) the registry numbers SP-379 and SP-390. Only Catherine Johnson was taken over by the Navy, becoming Freight Lighter # 161 and later YF-161 and YC-660.
Note the two-masted schooner in the right distance.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 22 January 2005