A summer day at Ticonderoga, 1908 Monday, Mar 31 2014 

At the time, Fort Ticonderoga was a total ruin and not yet a park and very far from the meticulously restored set of buildings that it is today; however, it had become a stopping point for interested tourists in the Champlain/Hudson River valley.


The photographer is probably George Creevey. The woman sitting up is Lucy Ellsworth Creevey. I’d have to look in the log for trip to figure out who the other two people are.  They were taking a leisurely trip up the Hudson River, through Lake Champlain, the Richelieu River, and up to the Saguenay River in Quebec on their motor yacht, Mavourneen. Classic tourism of the time period.


USS Macdonough DD-9 Thursday, Jan 16 2014 

pre WWI four stack destroyer

Frustrating mystery.  This ship was photographed off the Mid Atlantic coast (roughly near the Delaware) in August 1909.  Now, I thought it might be one of the three Truxtun class destroyers, the only ships that fit her profile even remotely (at least to my untrained eye).  But two of them were in the Pacific at that time; and the third was supposedly inactive.  And they don’t really quite seem to fit; the length of the stern and the close placement of the stacks is a bit off.

Any guesses anyone?

Ha! I think I found a possibility: the two Lawrence class torpedo boat destroyers.  Though it looks like something got changed on some of the deckwork, the stack placement is right. Furthermore, the USS Macdonough was in the right place at the right time!

H.M.S. Inflexible Sunday, May 12 2013 

For something entirely different from the photo archives…


Taken in 1909 at the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York City: H.M.S. Inflexible. She was just about two years old at the time and was serving as the temporary flagship of the Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Edward Hobart Seymour. An Invincible class battle-cruiser, she served throughout World War I, participating in action in both the Mediterranean and North Atlantic campaigns, including Dardanelles and Jutland. She was scrapped in 1921.

The photograph was probably taken by George Creevey from his motor yacht, Mavourneen.

Watching the Game Saturday, May 4 2013 


early 1920’s. The tennis court doesn’t look like that anymore (which is fine, none of us play tennis). For the plumber, note the spigot there in the lower right, now which mystery pipe do you suppose That is?
The only positively identified individuals are the three closest: George Creevey in the rocker with the most impressive pipe, William Webster Ellsworth with the white moustache, and Eileen Creevey closest to the camera on the bank (shorts and glasses), the boy looking at the camera might be Kennedy Creevey, but he could easily be the boy looking away too.
I should add, that according to the series, the people playing tennis also dressed in the same fashion, actually one has a tie and a hat on…

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