Photo #: NH 106065
"Cleaning the big guns"
Crew members polishing the muzzles and tompions of the forward turret 12"/40 guns on a Maine class battleship, circa 1907-1908.
This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise, and the ship may be USS Ohio (Battleship # 12), as it comes from a series of photographs that include several directly identified as having been taken on her.
Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 30 August 2008