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Boy sailor from the USS Kearsarge

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Posted 5 years ago

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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.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks mikko and vetraio.

  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 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, 5 years ago
    They were typical on warships and filled the role of "powder monkeys"-- usually carrying powder from storage areas to the actual guns.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Here is an iconic image of a Civil War era powder monkey:


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

  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking ted.

  7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks again pops!

  8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting cindb.

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

  9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years 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.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years 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.

  11. SCPODan, 2 years ago
    Great personalized blouse (jumper).
  12. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks dan and tom!

  13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks rade.


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