HISTORIC SHIP'S COMMISSIONING PLAQUE, PASSENGER SHIP, TROOP TRANSPORT,
Very few of U.S. Shipping Board memorabilia
have found their way to market which makes this plaque a special find with all its connections to the president,
three passenger ships, a troop transport and a hospital ship.
Presented is a commissioning plaque commemorating the launch
of a vessel originally named for the state of Delaware. Clara L. Bowling, its eleven year old sponsor, was the daughter
of R.W. Bowling, secretary of the U.S. Shipping Board and the niece of the then president, Woodrow Wilson.
The dark Mahogany, 6 1/2 pound, 12" x 21" wood plague with hand painted gold lettering
has a traditional Champaign commissioning bottle, covered in macramé hemp, mounted on it. Red, white and blue ribbons
with a rosette adorn, but have become brittle with age, and are very fragile. Over the years it has been exposed to smoking,
and the macramé has some odor.
PROVENANCE: Acquired at auction, and said to be from
the home of a 4th generation Washington D.C. family which was related to Clara Fowler ne' Bolling, the sponsor.
Clara Lutz Bolling married Harry Rollins Fowler in Autumn,1931. She was the aunt of Richard Bolling Fuller who died on February
12, 2008. Mr. Fuller was a member of the Woodrow Wilson House Advisory Board, and former National Legislative Director for
the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
SHIP'S HISTORY: The SS Blue Hen State was laid up shortly after
launch, and was first to see service in 1922 when she was transferred to the United States Lines and renamed
the SS President Garfield. In 1938, she was transferred to the American President Lines, and renamed SS President
Madison. She joined the U.S. Navy during WW II, first as a troop ship, USS Kenmore AP-62, and later as a hospital
ship, USS Refuge AH-11. In 1948 she was scrapped at Vancouver, Washington.
THE U.S. SHIPPING BOARD was the predecessor to the U.S. Maritime
Commission. The Shipping Board only had a brief life span operating between January, 1917, and 1933 when it was replaced
by the U.S. Maritime Commission. During WW I it revitalized the U.S. merchant fleet. It built some 1,000 cargo ships,
commandeered more than 2 million tons of shipping from private yards and owners, and operated the German ships seized by the
U.S. government when it declared war on Germany in 1917.
Clara Lutz Bolling, age 11
SHIP'S SPECIFICATIONS AT LAUNCH:
Displacement 10533 GT
Length 502' 1"
Speed 14 kts.
Twin screws, 7,000hp.
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If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its
original condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization
by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we
are at fault.
Buy this historic plaque
now! It reeks of history and will make a great addition to your office, den or family room.
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