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At launching of SS Robert L. Vann.

Image ID: 1260243

At launching of SS Robert L. Vann.  [[Two African American crew members (at left: Walter E. Harri...] (1943)

Image Details

Image Title

:  At launching of SS Robert L. Vann.

Alternate Title

: [Two African American crew members (at left: Walter E. Harris, Jr., deck engineer; at right: William E. Simmons, Jr., Warrant Officer) of the Liberty ship SS Robert L. Vann shaking hands with Mrs. Jessie Matthews Vann (Robert L. Vann's widow) on the day of the launching, Portland, Maine, October 10, 1943.]


: Smith, Roger -- Photographer

Additional Name(s)

: United States. Office of War Information -- Sponsor

Created Date

: 1943


: Gelatin silver prints

Specific Material Type

: Photographs

Item Physical Description

: 1 photographic print : Gelatin silver ; 8 x 10 in.


: 32053


: Caption on back: "Two of the crew members of the liberty ship SS Robert L. Vann, which was launched October 10 at the Portland, Maine, yard of the New England Shipbuilding Company, receiving the congratulations of Mrs. Jessie Matthews Vann, who christened the ship; Shown with Mrs. Vann are: Walter E. Harris, Jr., who will be deck engineer, and William E. Simmons, Jr. Warrant Officer."


: Military. / World War II / Ship launchings [Liberty ships].

Source Description

: 3531 items (9.9 lin. ft., 39 boxes)


: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division

Catalog Call Number

: Sc Photo Military

Digital ID

: 1260243

Record ID

: 612642

Digital Item Published

: 4-29-2005; updated 1-20-2012

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