'He best can paint them who shall feel them most.'
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Today's Navy may be a far cry from that of a century ago, but one basic thing hasn't changed: Ships still rust. And Sailors continue to man the front lines in the war on oxidation. The USS Texas, still in her war paint shortly after the Spanish-American War, put into port and her Sailors almost as quickly were over the side primping the ship. Several similar, and possibly related, photographs show the Texas in the New York Navy Yard on 3 August 1898 fresh from her 3 July victory with the Flying Squadron over the Spanish fleet off Santiago de Cuba.
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