These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy's term "salty" came from
Recently WATM published photos from the 1898 Spanish-American War that were found during a U.S. Navy archive office renovation. One of our readers asked if we could find historical photos of the U.S. Navy's saltiest sailors throughout history, so we did.
Check these sea dogs out:
An older sailor with a young one, circa 1917.
Chief Petty Officers playing "Acey-Deucy" on the USS Baltimore, 1904
Exchanging seas stories, circa 1900
Sailors aboard the USS Oregon, circa 1900
These are U.S. Navy sailors from the Spanish-American War period. This photo was recently found in an archival building.
The crew of the Holland, the Navy's first commissioned Submarine in 1899
Sailors from the USS Hartford, circa 1876
Sailors aboard the USS Ohio circa 1870.
Sailors of the Union Navy during the Civil War, 1865
Confederate officers aboard the CSS Alabama, 1863
Admiral DD Porter, 1860
A Mexican-American War Era Navy Commander, circa 1850