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S-547 Captain D.W. Coe Collection

Captain D.W. Coe Collection. Collection of 66 photos taken circa 1915-1934 regarding battleships in Panama Canal, conversion of USS Kearsarge (BB-5) to crane ship and construction and launching of USS San Francisco (CA-38).
Title: Captain D.W. Coe Collection
Caption: Collection photo # S-547.01 - USS San Francisco under construction at Mare Island, CA. Looking aft from cantilever crane, January 4, 1933.
Description: Collection of 66 photos taken circa 1915-1934 regarding battleships in Panama Canal, conversion of USS Kearsarge (BB-5) to crane ship and construction and launching of USS San Francisco (CA-38).
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Catalog #: S-547
Donor: Elizabeth Straw
Copyright Owner: Naval History & Heritage Command
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Topic
  • Places-Shore Facilities--Bases-Stations-Labs-Installations
  • Ship Construction & Design
  • Boats-Ships--Cruisers
  • Boats-Ships--Battleship
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials