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HMS Acquitania Overhauled at U.S. Naval Dry Dock, 9/4/1942

Series: Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II, 1946 - 1946Record Group 181: Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, 1784 - 2000

Built in 1913 for the Cunard Line, the ocean liner RMS Acquitania, nicknamed “Ship Beautiful” for its elegance, would serve military duty during both World Wars, often as a troop transport or hospital ship. Although the location of the dry dock is not identified in the photo, it is likely the Boston Naval Shipyard.

LST-301, The First LST at Boston Navy Yard, 11/1/1942

Series: Administrative History of the First Naval District in World War II, 1946 - 1946Record Group 181: Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, 1784 - 2000

LSTs, (or “Landing Ship, Tank”) were ships specially designed during World War II to enable amphibious landings of troops, tanks and other vehicles on beaches and shorelines.