Eugene R. O’Brien Collection
Collection Photo # S-505.01 - sailors from USS Blackhawk (AD-9) loading relief supplies at Tsingtago, China.
Collection of 63 photographs from service of Eugene R. O'Brien, who served in the Navy from 1923 until his death in 1929. Subjects include views at Naval Training Station Yerba Buena Island (Goat Island), San Francisco in 1921 and the 1923 earthquake at Tokyo-Yokohama and the relief supplies provided by USS Blackhawk (AD-9). Specific views at Naval Training Station Yerba Buena Island (Goat Island), circa 1921, include: overall views of the island, parade ground drills, lighthouse dock, buildings of Camp Sims, roads, excavations, military cemetery, and buildings of the Naval Radio Station. Also seen are views of San Francisco Bay towards the Golden Gate, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco waterfront. Several images from this series have been cataloged into the NH system at the item level (NH 100355-NH 100369). The images associated with the Tokyo-Yokohama earthquake, September 1923, and associated effects include damage to buildings, cremation of the dead, refugees and refugee camp, and the relief mission of USS Blackhawk (AD-9) loading relief supplies at Tsingtago, China, before proceeding to Tokyo to assist in relief efforts. Several images from this series have been cataloged into the NH system at the item level (NH 100370-NH 100373). It is not known if O’Brien took the photographs or if they were just collected by him. Most images have captions and have been numbered.
James R. O'Brien
Naval History & Heritage Command