Gunboat "Philadelphia"

ID: SIA2011-1330 and P651021

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder: 8A

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Summary

The gunboat "Philadelphia" on exhibit in the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. Built in 1776, "Philadelphia" is the oldest American fighting vessel in existence. She sank on October 11, 1776, in Lake Champlain during the battle off Valcour Island, when an American flotilla commanded by General Benedict Arnold was defeated by a British fleet. Visible is the 12 pounder gun mounted at the bow. The "Philadelphia" was raised in 1935 and came to the Smithsonian in 1964.

Subject

  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

See Neg. # 2005-8361 for another view of the "Philadelphia" on disploay in 2005.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder: 8A

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • c. 1975
  • Revolution, 1775-1783

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Boats and boating
  • Philadelphia (Ship)
  • Transportation
  • Exhibitions
  • Gunboats
  • Firearms
  • History
  • Naval history
  • Sea-power
  • Military
  • United States--History--1775-1783
  • Military history

Place

United States

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Object
  • Exhibit

ID Number

SIA2011-1330 and P651021

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Object; Medium: Photographic print

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