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The Great White Fleet’s voyage

December 14, 2007

By Austin Bay
The Washington Times
December 14, 2007

When the fleet sailed out of Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 16, 1907, it was simply the Atlantic Fleet beginning a globe-circling voyage. But trust writers to coin a flashy marquee name: the Great White Fleet.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of that peacetime naval expedition — which still has historic resonance.

President Theodore Roosevelt sent the fleet of 16 white-painted battleships on the 14-month cruise ….
USS Kansas sails ahead of the USS Vermont as the fleet leaves Hampton Roads, Virginia on December 16, 1907.

USS Kansas sails ahead of the USS Vermont as the fleet leaves Hampton Roads, Virginia on December 16, 1907.

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