Real photo postcard of the steel-hulled schooner U.S.S. Yankton at sea. Photo by N. Moser.
Written on negative "USS YANKTON ©N MOSER NY"
N. Moser of “Copyright N. Moser, N.Y.” was Norbert George Moser, photographer, electrician, sailor and publisher of Real Photo Postcards, most noted for his naval views.
‘AZO’ photographic paper dates it from 1910-1930.
Poor-fair condition. Front is stained. Damage UL corner. Crease UR corner, Back stained.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)
USS Yankton (originally named Penelope) was a steel-hulled schooner built in 1893 at Leith, Scotland, by Ramage & Ferguson. She was acquired by the US Navy in May 1898; renamed Yankton; and commissioned on 16 May 1898 at Norfolk, Virginia.
She was converted to a gunboat by the US Navy and partook in the Spanish-American War patrolling and engaging the enemy in Cuban waters.
The Yankton accompanied the Navy’s Great White Fleet on the “round the world cruise” as a fleet tender in 1907–1908. In World War I she headed for Gibraltar to join the Patrol Forces protecting Allied shipping from German U-boats, and she came under hostile fire during combat. After extensive litigation, she returned to merchant service, until broken up at Boston during the summer of 1930.