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The U.S. Naval Academy: Images of History


Aerial view of U.S. Naval Academy looking Northeast. U.S. Naval Air Station, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Academy, looking northeast, mid-1930s. The dismasted white-painted vessel seen at the upper right is Reina Mercedes (IX-25), an unprotected cruiser originally captured from the Spanish at the 1898 Battle of Santiago and ultimately used as a detention and barracks ship at the academy until 1957. Photographed from an NAS Anacostia-based aircraft (NH 116159).


Photo #: KN-10950 Selecting the site of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, 1845

"Selecting the Site of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, 1845," oil on canvas Jes W. Schlaikjer, 1941. It depicts U.S. Navy officers and civilian officials examining the terrain in the vicinity of Fort Severn, which is visible in the left background. The original painting is in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. It was donated by the Alco Division, Publications Corporation in 1942 (KN-10950). 

 

Michelson letter advising him of his qualifying to enter the Naval Academy

A 29 June 1869 letter from the Naval Academy notifying the candidate, Albert Michelson, of his successfully completing the academy's entrance examination. The original letter is in the Naval Academy Museum Collection (NH 47847).

 

Gunnery practice at Naval Academy

Midshipman at gunnery practice aboard a training vessel at the Naval Academy, 1887 (NH 1582).

 

14 page photo album featuring small portraits of the faculty of the US Naval Academy from the 1860’s, when it was based in Newport, Rhode Island. Binding is damaged and was repaired with thick tape at some point, and pages are loosening. Individuals seen: David Arthur Stewart and John M. Taft, class of 1866; Commodore George S. Blake, Superintendent; Professor Augustus W. Smith; Professor Mark Beecher; Commander George W. Rodgers, Commandant of Midshipman; Commander Edward Simpson, Commandant of Midshipman; Professor William H. Willcox; Commander Donald M. Fairfax, Commandant of Midshipman; Pierre D’Orleans; Admiral Samuel DuPont;  Ensign Ford; Captain H.A. Adams; Admiral Louis Goldsborough.

Commander Edward Simpson, Commandant of Midshipman, circa 1863 (NHF-106-07).

 

Naval Academy crew, 1879.

The Naval Academy crew team, 1879 (NH 120314).

 

UA 475.09 US Naval Academy Collection

The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1892 (UA 475.09).


U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Cutter drill at the Naval Academy, 1893 (NH 2296).

 

US Naval Academy, Annapolis MD

Original layout for the new Naval Academy, c. 1896 (USN 901351).

 

Photo #: NH 53161  U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Naval Academy officers' baseball team, summer 1895. Seated in the middle row at left is Ensign Edward W. Eberle, who as a captain would be academy superintendant during World War I and, as an admiral, Chief of Naval Operations from July 1923 to November 1927 (NH 53161).

 

US Naval Academy, Summer 1898

USS Monongahela, practice ship for the Naval Academy from 1894-97, tied up to the academy wharf, summer 1898 (NH 68423).

 

Mending clothes, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Make and mend: Midshipmen mending uniform items, 1896 (NH 120268).


US Naval Academy midshipmen, probably in 1904, when the first class was allowed to have pipes. Included are: John Sumpter, Isaac Dortch, John Newton, William Spears, Gordon Haines, John Mandeville, Sylvester Lawton, Herbert Leary, Henry Rawle, Clarence Grace, William Eberle, Lloyd Townsend, Lee Border, William Culbertson, and Malcolm Campbell. The midshipmen are part of the Naval Academy class of 1905. Image is from the Clarence Grace Collection.

U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen, probably in 1904, when the first class was allowed to have pipes (UA 57.04.04).

 

Naval Academy

"The dog house" at the Naval Academy, temporary resting place of John Paul Jones, 1906 (NH 65661).  

 

Panorama of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909, from the Officers' Quarters at left to the waterfront at right; Bancroft Hall is in the center.

Panorama of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909, from the Officers' Quarters at left to the waterfront at right. Bancroft Hall is in the center (S-360-A).                          

 

U.S. Naval Academy

Start of a cutter race at the Virginia Capes, in which Naval Academy midshipmen participated, circa 1914. USS Kansas (Battleship No. 21) is center right (NH 68252).

 

Sec. Daniels, Prince of Wales, Rear Admiral Archibald Scales, -Supt of Academy-, Asst. Sec. Roosevelt and others at Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, the Prince of Wales (future King George VI), Naval Academy Superintendant Rear Admiral Archibald Scales,  Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt, and others at the academy, 1919 (NH 120543).

 

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Interior of the Naval Academy Chapel, likely photographed just before World War II (NH 1822).


U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Midshipmen working with ropes, circa 1945

Naval Academy midshipmen literally learning the ropes, 1945 (80-G-K-6073).


U.S. Naval Academy

Dock area of the Naval Academy, 1917 (NH 68761).


Aerial view of U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm. U.S. Naval Air Station, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

Aerial view of U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm, mid-1930s. Photographed from an NAS Anacostia-based aircraft (NH 116158).

 

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

The Naval Academy's "Japanese Bell" on exhibit on the academy grounds during an autumn day during World War II. The bell was brought to the United States by Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1854 and, until the VJ Day celebration on 14 August 1945, had been rung only after a football victory over the Army (80-G-K-13847).

 

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Midshipmen practice signaling with Semaphore flags, circa 1945

Midshipmen practice signaling with semaphore flags, 1945 (80-G-K-6074).  

 

U-505 (German submarine) and USS T-35 (DD-935, ex-German T-35) on display

German submarine U-505, captured in June 1944, and German fleet torpedoboat T-35 on display at the U.S. Naval Academy in October 1945 during the academy's centennial exhibition (80-G-701320).

 

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (CNO) at the U.S. Naval Academy to commemorate "Submarine Week."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations, autographs a copy of Japanese surrender document with the original pen presented by him 18 months prior to the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, while Senator T. F. Green of Rhode Island and a group of submarine officers look on.  The occasion was "Submarine Week," held at the Naval Academy 11-18 April 1947 (NH 58149).

 

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Plebes rowing in formation on the Severn River past the Naval Academy, 1950 (L39-09.09.01).


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A dentist checks the teeth of Midshipman Chrystal A. Lewis from Alexandria, Virginia, a new arrival at the Naval Academy in 1976, the first year in which women were admitted to the Naval Academy (L39-10.07.03).

 

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Specially selected Marine Corps noncommissioned officers, attached to the Department of Ordnance and Gunnery of the U.S. Naval Academy, instruct the midshipmen on the nomenclature and operation of the M-1 rifle and carbine before any actual firing, 1950 (L39-09.10.01).

 

U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1905

The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1905 celebrate their 65th reunion at the U.S. Naval Academy Homecoming, 1970. Present are (left to right): Rear Admiral Harry E. Shoemaker, Mrs. L. P. Davis, Captain A. B. Court, Mrs. R. E. Ingersoll, Admiral Royal Eason Ingersoll, Rear Admiral William R. Furlong, Mr. Hanson Baldwin (in back, president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association), Mrs. W. R. Furlong, Captain James O. Gawne, Captain L. P. Davis, Mrs. J. O. Gawne (NH 91007).

 

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A Naval Academy midshipman first class marches with newly arrived plebes at the end of their day of processing, 1976 (L39-10.07.02).

 

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Midshipmen, officers, and petty officers march up the steps to Bancroft Hall during a World War II ceremony, circa 1944. Note audience gathered before the Tecumseh statue in the left distance (80-G-K-13842).

 
Published: Fri Oct 02 11:54:13 EDT 2020