USS King, 1920 - Ship Christening

Mrs. Allene A. King, widow of Frank Ragan King and sponsor, USS King, October 14, 1920. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.


This ship was named after the commander of the minesweeper Richard Buckley, who displayed extraordinary heroism in saving the lives of the crew when his ship struck a mine in the North Sea on July 12, 1919 and sank in 7 minutes. King’s last act was to put his own life preserver on a sailor and help him over the side.


For more background and additional photos, visit the Ladies Who Launch - Ship Christening Photographs exhibit at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum.

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Taken in October 1920