Item 376G0139 - Boy Scout Harold Adams christening oil tanker Swiftscout in Portland

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Boy Scout Harold Adams christening oil tanker Swiftscout in Portland


  • 1921-03-12 (Creation)


Photograph; glass plate negatives; 3.25 x 4.25 in

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Photograph showing a teenage boy facing the bow of an oil tanker, the Swiftscout, and holding a bottle wrapped in ribbons. An unidentified man is next to him at right. The photograph was taken on Saturday, March 12, 1921, at the launching of the Swiftscout in Portland. A cropped version of this photograph and image No. 376G0103 were published on Page 13, Section 3, of the Oregon Journal’s city edition on Sunday, March 13, 1921. The photographs were published under the headline “Boy Scouts Christen Big Oil Tanker.” This photograph had the following caption: “Harold Adams, member of troop 49, who christened the ‘Swiftscout.” The photographs accompanied a story headlined “Boy Scouts In Charge Of Ship Launching.” According to the story, Adams was “the Boy Scout who has advanced farthest in scouting in Portland,” and the bottle he his holding was filled with water from Wahtum Lake. See additional related image No. 376G0105. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 376; 376G0139

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1.6 MiB


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