USS DeLong, 1918 - Ship Christening

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    Launching party, USS DeLong, October 29, 1918. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

    Miss Emma DeLong Mills, sponsor, is pictured with her mother, Mrs. W. S. Mills, and grandmother, Mrs. George W. DeLong. The ship was named for George W. DeLong, who died commanding the USS Jeannette on its failed attempt to reach the North Pole in 1881.

    This ceremony was held just 2 days after Philadelphia’s public venues reopened after the deadly outbreak of influenza.

    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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