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"A Fast Convoy" by Burnell Poole

"A Fast Convoy"
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Description: Oil painting by Burnell Poole, depicting USS Allen (Destroyer # 66) escorting USS Leviathan (ID # 1326) in the War Zone, 1918. The original painting measures 60" x 33". Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42690-KN
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Artist Burnell Poole's comments on this painting:


"Undoubtedly one of the outstanding contributions to the World War by the Navy was the excellent protection accorded troop convoys."

"No series of paintings would be complete without showing a destroyer acting as escort for a fast troop transport."

"This important duty performed by the Navy was carried on under all kinds of weather and a good part of it was pretty rough going."

"This painting depicts the U.S. Destroyer 'Allen' escorting the troop transport 'Leviathan' through the danger zone on a typical dull day in the North Atlantic in rough weather. The visibility is fair."

"Under such conditions the Leviathan made about 23 or 24 knots necessitating 25 or 26 for the destroyer on account of her independent zigzag course."

"This painting has been requested by the Navy Department."

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  • Art
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War I 1917-1918
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