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US Fleet Sailors Excursions to Blackheath in Blue Mountains, N.S.W. - 22 August 1908

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US Fleet Sailors Excursions to Blackheath in Blue Mountains, N.S.W. - 22 August 1908

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The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from December 16, 1907, to February 22, 1909, by order of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt...It consisted of 16 battleships divided into two squadrons, along with various escorts. Roosevelt sought to demonstrate growing American military power and blue-water navy capability. Hoping to enforce treaties and protect overseas holdings, the U.S. Congress appropriated funds to build American sea power. Beginning with just 90 small ships, over one-third of them wooden, the navy quickly grew to include new modern steel fighting vessels. The hulls of these ships were painted a stark white, giving the armada the nickname "Great White Fleet".

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1907
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Kaye, (Aussie~mobs), a "passionate collector and preserver of vintage photographs, especially those taken in Australia."
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Australia: For non-government photographs: if taken before 1 May 1969, copyright expires 50 years form the year taken. For government works, in or before 1969, copyright expires after 50 years.

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