Unidentified sponsor, USS Sonoma, May 11, 1912. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.
Tugboat Sonoma served as a tender ship in the Atlantic during the first World War, and in World War II did towing, salvage and fire-fighting duty in the Pacific.
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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