Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, March 18, 2019

From the U.S. Navy's WWI Collections — Art

The U.S. Navy has done a terrific job of documenting its service during the Great War. On the next three Mondays, we will be giving examples from their collection of naval art, artifacts, and photography.  Much of the material can be found at the online sites of two institutions: the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and the Naval History and Heritage Command.  Links to the two sites can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Sixth (U.S.) Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet Leaving the 
Firth of Forth

Outward Bound for Freedom

Survivors Awaiting Rescue Off the Isles of Scilly

Chief Yeomanette of the Navy

14-Inch Rail-Gun Train

USS Bainbridge at Sea

Capturing Black Mont, 3 October 1918

Shooting Down a Kite Balloon

British Attack on the Zeebrugge Mole, 23 April 1918

The U.S. Battle Fleet Returns to New York City, 26 December 1918

A Brother's Homecoming


National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Naval History and Heritage Command


  1. Thanks for sharing -- the war at sea is often overlooked.

  2. These are striking pictures. Thank you!