Mending the flag
Before WW1, the US Navy ordered each and every American battleship to have
within its arsenal at least one sewing machine and one sailor, sufficiently proficient in the “art of tailoring”:
‘REPAIR OF FLAGS – Although ships carry spare sets of flags, Signalman or third class petty officers may be assigned to
repair bunting. If a bunting space is available, it will contain a sewing machine, bunting, thread, tapes, and tabling material. If a bunting repair space is not available,
repairs may be done by using a sewing machine located in the deck spaces.’
WW1, sailor/tailor mending the flag on the deck – Ministère de la Culture, France
USS “Chicago”, 1891
USS Idaho BB42 aerial view
USS PORTER (Torpedo Boat # 6, TB-6)
USS Saratoga CV-3 prepares to pass in review for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 31 May 1934.
The destroyer Humphreys takes fuel from the aircraft carrier Lexington, may 1934
BB-39 USS ARIZONA 1920.
Overhead view of Oklahoma class Battleship.