[Photograph] U.S.S. Melville in San Diego, Calif.
[San Diego]: [O.A. Tunnell], (ca 1920). 6.5 x 10.5 inches on 11x 15 inch board. Pebbled gray card mount frame with embossed borders, with small gilt-titled calendar attached to lower margin of frame. Some spotting and scratching to image, though still quite sharp, calendar intact with closed tear on last page, boards edge worn. Item #43663
Silver gelatin print. Decorative caption title in print. USS Melville, a 7150-ton destroyer tender, named for Rear Admiral George W. Melville (1841-1912), a noted Arctic explorer, was built at Camden, New Jersey and commissioned in early December 1915. In July 1919 she was transferred to the Pacific Coast, and on station at San Diego, California, maintaining the Fleet's destroyers. O.A. Tunnell was active as a photographer in San Diego, California, from the second to fifth decades of the twentieth century, with photographs dated between 1919 and 1945. The main bulk of his known work relates to the navy, with numerous shots of the naval vessels stationed in San Diego. To the framed image has been added a small 1926 calendar.