Jamestown Naval Review

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JAMESTOWN FAIR OPENS WITH GREAT NAVAL DISPLAY Guns Of Five Great Nations Roar Deep - Throated Welcome When President Roosevelt Arrives In Historic Hampton Roads BIRTHPLACE OF STEEL CLAD WARSHIP By Associated Press. Norfolk, April 2C. The deep - throated guns of five great nations to - day voiced a salute in unison to the American flag and to the President of the United States. The reverberation boom of the cannon sped thundering and echoing over the waters of far - famed Hampton Roads, where nearly half a century ago the Monitor and the Merrimac met in the memorable conflict which brought into being the armored craft of war. From the "Little Yankee Cheese - box set up on a raft" and the rectangular mass of iron which carried the Confederate flag in 1862, to the modern fighting machines typified by the flower of the American navy - gathered in holiday assembly to - day is a far crv. Yet many of those who stood on the shore and witnessed the j naval pageant in the Roadsted vivid lv recalled the historic time when rinioH T,.atov whieh formed the setting of this greatest international rendezvous of war vessels of recent years were splashing with the shot and shell of the first battle of steel clad ships. lYcsident's Review President Roosevelt from the bridge of the little yacht cruiser Mayflower, reviewed the great assemblage of flag - draped fighters gathered from the corners of the world to make a notable opening day of the Jamestown Ter - Centennial Exposition commenorating the 300th anniversary of the first English settlement in America. Steaming down the long column of dark - hulled foreigners, the President, was greeted by each vessel in turn with a salute of 21 guns. The Mayflower then turned down the lane of American battleships and cruisers ! and again the roar of saluting cannon swept across the waters. The new American navy was in its infancy fourteen years ago, when the brillant international naval rendezvous of 1893 was held in Hampton Roads. To - day the magnificent Atlantic fleet, under command of Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans, presented the picture of impressive fighting strength notable in the naval annals of the world. erfil naval vessels which have been assigned as station ships and remain here until the close of the fair the last of November. There were thirty - eight American ships in to - day's review. . The foreign ships numbered twelve typical modern fighting craft. All of the vessels of the combined fleets were "dressed" in the fluttering flags of the nations and the brilliant hued pennants and bits of bunting which form the international signal code. Evans in Command As representatives of the greatest naval power of the world, the British cruiser squadron commanded by Admiral Sir George Neville, and consisting of the armored cruisers Good Hope, Argyll, Hampshire and Roxburg attracted a large share of attention. The Good Hope, iuBe"iei wiiu ie tumui imiiuii flagship Roon, an armored cruiser u i n t j i were assigned berths to the right and left of the Connecticut, the big 16, - 000 ton battleship to which Rear Admiral Evans recently tranferred his flag of command. The three flagships formed a triangle, where the .Mayflower at the end of the review dropped anchor. The Roon has on board Commodare Carlo Yon Hoff, commanding the German South Atlantic squadron. The Hag officer of the Austrian squadron is Commodore Herman Plescott. In the American fleet was represented almost every type of vessel known to the navy of the country. The stalyart sixteen thousand ton - neis, the Connecticut, Louisiana and Virginia, had to share honors with the almost forgotten Monitor Can - nonieus a cheesebox herself and t lightly improved over her famous prototype. OPENING CEREMONIES JanicNtovrn Exposition Extends Greeting to President Koosevelt and Party. By Associated Press. Norfolk, April 26. The Jamestown Ter - Centenial Exposition a lang and

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 26 Apr 1907, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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