Posted 2 years ago
This large photographic Print of the Machigonne has a brass plate with, "MACHIGONNE-IRVINE KEENLEYSIDE APRIL 1940, so it is almost 75 years old.
The Machigonne, a 140-foot steam yacht, was built at Morris Heights, New York, in 1909 for civilian use (private? transport?). The Navy acquired her in May 1917 for World War I service and commissioned her the following July as USS Machigonne (SP-507). In 1918, her name was changed to SP-507. With the wartime emergency at an end, Machigonne was sold back to her former owner in june 1919.
In this photo, there is a fellow standing on the bow smoking a cigarette and the photo could have been taken in April, 1940. We bought this photo/print at a yard sale many years ago and we have been unable to find out anything about who the fellow is, nor who Irvine Keenleyside is. Was he the photographer, or the fellow on board and is this ship still in operation? Any help appreciated! RER (LOUMANAL)