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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Actions and Activities: Presidential South American Tour, 1936

In November and December 1936, USS Indianapolis transported President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his "Good Neighbor" tour of South America. This page features views of and on board the ship during this cruise.

Additional pictures of Indianapolis will be found on the following pages:
USS Indianapolis, selected views;
USS Indianapolis in 1932-1941;
USS Indianapolis in 1942;
USS Indianapolis in 1943;
USS Indianapolis in 1944;
USS Indianapolis in 1945;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: May 1934 Naval Review off New York City;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: Miscellaneous World War II activities;
Loss of USS Indianapolis, 30 July 1945; and
USS Indianapolis Onboard Views, 1932-1945.

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Photo #: NH 68050

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Leaves Charleston, South Carolina, carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America, 18 November 1936.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68049

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(second from left)

Waves "farewell" to Charleston, South Carolina, as he leaves for his "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America, on board USS Indianapolis (CA-35), 18 November 1936.
Those present include (from left to right):
James Roosevelt;
President Roosevelt;
Captain Paul H. Bastedo, USN;
Colonel Edwin M. Watson, U.S. Army; and
Captain Ross T. McIntire, USN(MC).

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 62KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68037

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Scene in the ship's pilothouse, late November 1936, as she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America. Indianapolis' Commanding Officer, Captain Henry Kent Hewitt, is seated in left center.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68056

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Henry Kent Hewitt, USN, (left), hears "Davy Jones" read the message from "King Neptune", as the ship crosses the Equator in late November 1936. She was then conveying President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his party on a "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America.
Commander Oscar C. Badger is looking on, at right.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68076

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(center)

Pleads his case before the Royal Court of "Shellbacks" as his "defense attorney" listens intently at left, during Neptune Ceremonies on board USS Indianapolis (CA-35), as she crosses the Equator in late November 1936.
Indianapolis was then carrying the President and his party on a "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68057

James Roosevelt
(center),
son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Receives some of the punishment due a "Polywog" at the hands of "Shellbacks", during Neptune Ceremonies on board USS Indianapolis (CA-35), as she crosses the Equator in late November 1936.
Indianapolis was then carrying the President and his party on a "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68113

President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Receives the salute of the Argentine Navy while standing beneath the eight-inch guns of USS Indianapolis (CA-35), during his "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America, 29 November 1936.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 45KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 70297

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Arrives at Buenos Aires, Argentina, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board, 30 November 1936, during the President's "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America.

Donation of Captain Fred W. Connor, USMC(Retired), 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 112KB; 740 x 565 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68040

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Crewmen display the Presidential Flag below the ship's brass data plaque, as she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America in late November 1936.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 68041

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


Bow of the Presidential barge, showing the four stars and seal of the President of the United States. Photographed on board Indianapolis as she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his "Good Neighbor" cruise to South America in late November 1936.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 

Additional pictures of Indianapolis will be found on the following pages:
USS Indianapolis, selected views;
USS Indianapolis in 1932-1941;
USS Indianapolis in 1942;
USS Indianapolis in 1943;
USS Indianapolis in 1944;
USS Indianapolis in 1945;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: May 1934 Naval Review off New York City;
USS Indianapolis Actions and Activities: Miscellaneous World War II activities;
Loss of USS Indianapolis, 30 July 1945; and
USS Indianapolis Onboard Views, 1932-1945.

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31 December 1998