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These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from

“Salty” is a term from the United States Navy used to describe an experienced sailor – someone for whom the romanticized idea of ship life is gone and replaced with sea salt.

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:

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
An older sailor with a young one, circa 1917.

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Exchanging seas stories, circa 1900

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Sailors aboard the USS Oregon, circa 1900

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
These are U.S. Navy sailors from the Spanish-American War period. This photo was recently found in an archival building.

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
The crew of the Holland, the Navy’s first commissioned Submarine in 1899

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Sailors from the USS Hartford, circa 1876

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Sailors aboard the USS Ohio circa 1870.

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Sailors of the Union Navy during the Civil War, 1865

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Confederate officers aboard the CSS Alabama, 1863

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
Admiral DD Porter, 1860

 

These 12 historical photos vividly show where the Navy’s term “salty” came from
A Mexican-American War Era Navy Commander, circa 1850

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