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Boy sailor from the USS Kearsarge

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Photographs1042 of 3043Fort George Wright Photos, Near Spokane, Washington...1920sWW2 Aiborne Trooper
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Posted 2 years ago

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scottvez
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This young man served aboard the USS Kearsarge. His hat band has most of the letters visible.

The Kearsarge was a USN sloop that was active from 1862 until 1894. She is probably best known for her fight against the CSS Alabama.

This image appears to date from the late 1870s- 1880s and bears no photographer's information.

Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.

scott

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks mikko and vetraio.

    scott
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    my god! he seems so young to have been part of a crew on a warship! could he have been the child of someone who worked on the ship instead? or did they actually recruit youngsters for crews?
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    They were typical on warships and filled the role of "powder monkeys"-- usually carrying powder from storage areas to the actual guns.

    scott
  4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Here is an iconic image of a Civil War era powder monkey:

    http://www.old-picture.com/civil-war/Powder-Monkey.htm

    scott
  5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks tom and cultcha.

    scott
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking ted.

    scott
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks again pops!

    scott
  8. CindB CindB, 9 days ago
    My goodness! He's just a baby!
  9. scottvez scottvez, 9 days ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting cindb.

    "Child warriors" were not that uncommon in the 19th century.

    scott
  10. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 9 days ago
    do you think that the book has any significance in this photo? i know that my great grandmemere always held a book in her photos. i was told that this was to show that she read and wrote very well and that it was somewhat unusual for women of her time.
  11. scottvez scottvez, 9 days ago
    In 19th century photography holding a book or an open book is often used to show literacy.

    Not sure in this case if it has any significance.

    scott

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