When Robert Moran retired to Orcas Island in 1905 to build Rosario, the Moran Bros. Shipyard was finishing the construction of the USS Nebraska (BB-14). The ship was commission on July 1, 1907, with Captain Reginald F. Nicholson in command. After shakedown and alterations along the West Coast, the new battleship joined the "Great White Fleet" in San Francisco 100 years ago in the summer of 1908.
Departing San Francisco in July of 1908, the Fleet visited Honolulu, Hawaii; Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Manila, Philippine Islands; Yokohama, Japan; and Colombo, Ceylon, Suez, Egypt,Messina and Naples, Italy, then Gibraltar, before arriving in Hampton Roads, Virginia in February 1909, where President Theodore Roosevelt reviewed the fleet.
Below are some great photographs featuring faces of the USS Nebraska, from officers to deckhands to engineers. These were recently provided to the Rosario Museum courtesy of the Stowe Family, relatives of Robert Moran's brother William's wife Minnie.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008
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