From Flickr: “NH 50010” by Photograph Curator

April 27, 2015 Uncategorized

NH 50010: USS Stockton (Destroyer # 73), twin 4"/50 gun mount in action on the destroyer’s forecastle, 1918.
Note the pattern camouflage painted on the face of Stockton’s forward superstructure, and the pipe rails installed to keep the gun from firing into the ship’s structure. This photograph was long identified as having been taken on either USS Hovey (DD-208) or USS Long (DD-209). However, neither of these ships was in service until October 1919, about a year after the photo was taken. Camouflage pattern confirms identification as Stockton, which is listed in the 1919 "Ships’ Data" book as carrying one twin and three single four-inch guns. Also note the sea boots worn by several of the gun crew members. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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