Hammerfest, Norway from USS Eagle 3, Bound for Arkhangelsk, May 20, 1919

Summary

World War I ended before any of the 60 Ford-built "Eagle" submarine chasers could participate in the conflict. But three Eagle boats were sent to northern Russia in 1919 to aid the American Expeditionary Force in action against the Bolsheviks. The Americans landed at Arkhangelsk, near the Arctic Circle, and called themselves the "Polar Bears."

World War I ended before any of the 60 Ford-built "Eagle" submarine chasers could participate in the conflict. But three Eagle boats were sent to northern Russia in 1919 to aid the American Expeditionary Force in action against the Bolsheviks. The Americans landed at Arkhangelsk, near the Arctic Circle, and called themselves the "Polar Bears."

Artifact

Photographic postcard

Subject Date

20 May 1919

Creators

Sasse, J. P. 

Collection Title

Fair Lane Papers Subgroup 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.1.509.17

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 5.5 in

Inscriptions

handwritten on back: Off Hammerfest Nor. / May 20-19 / Dear Mr. & Mrs. Ford:--Kindest regards and well wishes from Eagle Three. We can make photos like this at midnight now as the Sun does not set up here / Lieut. J.P. Sasse U.S.S. Eagle 3. Private / Mr. & Mrs Henry Ford. Dearborn, Mich U.S.A.

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