Collection photo # S-590.01 - passing a sweep line between USS Tanager and a sister minesweeper, circa 1918-1919
Collection of 58 photographs related to the activities and crew of USS Tanager (AM-5) in 1918-1919. Most of the views were taken during the clearance of the North Sea Mine Barrage between the shores of Scotland and Norway during May and September 1919 and during the minesweeping force’s return voyage to the United States in October 1919. Others may have been taken during 1918 and earlier in 1919. A few appear to have been taken on a US Navy Section Patrol (SP) craft, probably before the photograph’s original owner (unidentified) was assigned to USS Tanager. Subjects include Tanager in various ports in the North Sea, in dry dock at Lisbon (including several photos of the crewmembers in the city), onboard deck activities, US Navy submarine chaser (probably SC-259) alongside USS Tanager during mine barrage clearance operations, gunnery practice, “hard-hat” divers aboard USS Tanager, the bow of USS Pelican (AM-27) nearly awash to the main level after heavy damage by a mine explosion, minesweeping cables, Mark VI mines floating near USS Tanager after having been swept during the clearance operation, and mine explosions. Ten of the images have been cataloged at the item level and organized into the “NH” image series (NH 107314 – NH 107323). There is an item level description for each photo available in the collection documentation.