Monday, December 17, 2007


This Day in the History of Building a Big White Stick

On this day in 1907, a flotilla of 16 American battleships, having slipped their moorings at Hampton Roads the day before, entered the Atlantic, formed up, and steamed off on a 14-month circumnavigation of the globe to show the World the flag and our pretty, new navy. The Great White Fleet, as it was known because of its bright paintjob, was dispatched by President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been in his career, among other things, Navy secretary.


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