Officers of United States Training Ship “CONSTITUTION” / New York, May 26th, 1880.
In this cabinet photograph, a group of fifteen officers pose with an unidentified young girl (possibly an officer’s daughter) on the spar deck of USS Constitution on May 26, 1880. Several sailors and some women are visible in the background.
Constitution, under the command of Oscar Fitzalon Stanton, had just sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York on May 16. There, a new group of boys were brought on as the ship was prepared for a training voyage that brought them to first to Long Island, and then to Newport, Rhode Island; Bar Harbor, Maine; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.