1870s 1880s USS ESSEX US Navy SLOOP Ship 6 CREW PHOTO Named ID’d BROTHERS
Posted on: September 30, 2023 /
I HAVE OTHER LOTS OF VINTAGE/ANTIQUE PHOTOS. THESE, AND THE OTHER LOTS LISTED, ALL CAME FROM AN ESTATE IN MISSOURI. THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS. I’M PUTTING THEM IN LOTS OF SIMILAR AGE/TYPE. Thank you and enjoy browsing my store! Here is a RARE photograph! This is a photo of 6 crew members of the USS ESSEX. The photo is marked on the front: SAWYERS 159 N. 8th St Philadelphia, PA. According to the writing on the back, the man standing on the right is the “Humble Servant” owner. The others were his friends and crew mates. It also appears there are 2 brothers (the last name is the same: Nyhan). These early photos are tough to find and even harder to find with them identified!! There is some wear on the corners of the back board, but the photo is fine. THE FOLLOWING WAS COPIED/PASTED FROM THE INTERNET ABOUT THE USS ESSEX. The construction of the U. Essex was authorized by President Abraham Lincoln shortly before he was assassinated but it was delayed for several years. The decaying condition of the navy eventually resulted in a special Congressional act, approved February 10, 1873, authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to construct eight war vessels, the aggregate tonnage of the whole not to exceed eight thousand tons. Adams and Essex were awarded to him. Under the same form of dual superintendence, as in the case of the Adams, the wooden screw steamer Essex, possessing exactly the same dimensions and tonnage, was built by Donald McKay at the Kitter Navy Yard. The Essex’s keel was laid in 1874 and the contract for its machinery was secured by the Atlantic Works. The Detroit Free Press, Nov. 22, 1930, reported the Essex was commissioned in Boston on Oct. 3, 1876, and entrusted to the command of Winfield Scott Schley of Spanish War fame. It was assigned shortly afterward to the North Atlantic Station. It sailed on the Pacific Station from Nov. 1882 and thence on the Asiatic Station for two years during which it took on board Captain S. Morrison and crew members of the shipwrecked Ranier. It was placed out of commission at the New York Navy Yard, Jan. It visited Ponapai, East Carolina Group, in Oct. 1886, to investigate a reported massacre of Spaniards and afforded protection to American missionaries. The Essex left the Asiatic Station in Jan. 1889, returning to United States via the Suez Canal and on May 11th of the same year was placed out of commission at the New York Navy Yard. The Essex was recommissioned on April 22, 1890, and from June 30 to July 8, it took part in the Reunion Ceremonies of the Army of Potomac at Portland, Maine. Afterwards it served on the South Atlantic Station from Oct. It was stationed at Annapolis with cadets on board for instruction in April, 1893, and again went out of commission at Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, June 13, 1893. The Essex was again recommissioned Jan. It was recommissioned Sep. 29th, 1898, and continued in training service until placed out of commission at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Dec. Please see pics and message me with any questions. I CANNOT CHANGE IT OR REMOVE THE OPTION.