Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maritime Monday - Navy Log Pictures Pt. 1

Yes, it's late.  But here it is, a Maritime Monday post on Wednesday!  I'll be posting more material from my paternal grandfather Estel E. Dillman's Navy Log.  Today I'm including a couple of pages of the pictures he had in the album.  Here's the first:

Coast Guard Cutters, 1927, New York City.
You should be able to click on these for the full size page, but I'll warn you now even as JPG files they're over 6MB for each full page scan.  These Coast Guard cutters in New York City are something Estel would have seen while in port on his own US Navy destroyer, the U.S.S. Sloat.  How do ships get funny names like Sloat?  Usually they're named after famous or important people, either in the Navy or strong supporters of the Navy.  Wikipedia has an excellent little article on the USS Sloat including a brief history of operations.  This particular ship was named for John Drake Sloat.

1920's Navy Activity
Some examples of early Naval Aviation are included in this selection.  Also, note the lower left image captioned "A Panama Mule".   These were diesel locomotives on tracks along the length of the Panama Canal that were used to tow ships through, rather than have them attempt to navigate under their own power.  Estel transited the Panama Canal on board the USS Sloat on a couple of occasions, and it is likely he took that photograph. 

Maritime Monday – Post about anything to do with the sea: ancestors who were sailors, shipwrights, fishermen, or coastguards including images, records and links. Maritime Monday is an ongoing series created by Ros Haywood at the GenWestUK blog.   (Blurb shamelessly stolen from Thomas McEntee at Geneabloggers.)