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Photo 2: "Salute Your Merchant Marine on Maritime Day--May 22."[Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy U.S. Maritime Administration)

Photo release from the U.S. Maritime Commission, May 13, 1945.

U.S. Maritime Commission
Washington, D.C.

News Foto Release No. 74, (#2 of 12)
Watch Your Release Date - Not before May 13, 1945.

Salute Your Merchant Marine on Maritime Day--May 22

Not done with mirrors: Victory ships almost as far as the eye can reach line up at a West Coast shipyard for final outfitting before joining our vast merchant fleet. On Maritime Day, May 22, we shall have nearly 300 of these crack cargo type in service, and 300 more will be delivered before the year is out.

--Maritime Commission photo 4236

(Courtesy U.S. Maritime Administration)

Questions for Photo 2

1. This photo and caption was sent to local newspapers by the Maritime Commission to announce the upcoming Maritime Day. What do you think Maritime Day was about? Would Maritime Day be something worth celebrating? Explain.

2. What artistic elements did the photographer include in this Photo 2?

3. On the docks in front of the ships are lengths of chain. How might the chain be used on these ships?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 2, but be aware that the file will take as much as 35 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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