On 25 February 1933, USS Ranger (CV 4), the U.S. Navy’s first aircraft carrier designed from the keel up as a carrier, was launched at Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. Previous U.S. Navy aircraft carriers had been converted ships of other classes. National Archives image 80-G-1007392.
Dated October 25, 1901, this is a pastel and chalk rendering of the steam yacht America by Russell Williams Porter, an artist and surveyor for the the Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Expedition of 1901. The America would later be crushed by pack ice during the subsequent Fiala-Ziegler Expedition of 1903.
A veteran of six Arctic trips between 1894 and 1903, Russell W. Porter left behind an impressive collection of paintings, drawings, notebooks, journals, and correspondence.
May 19 - Return of Goods Shipped for Exportation on the Ship Mount Vernon, May 19, 1803
Dated May 19, 1803, this Return of Goods lists much of the exported cargo aboard the ship Mount Vernon on its maiden voyage from Salem, Massachusetts. The Return of Goods indicates where and when these goods were originally brought to Salem; much of it had been imported from the West Indies and the East Indies.