Shortly after the S.S. Alameda left the Seattle docks bound for Alaska, Alva Day captured this excitement amongst the passengers as they viewed the S.V. Harkness. A little research gives us a good idea what Mr. Day and his shipmates were watching. Records show the S.V. Harkness was launched at Seattle on March 22, 1917. The date of this image? March 22, 1917. We're witnessing its maiden voyage.
The S.V. Harkness was an oil tanker built for Standard Oil of New Jersey. It seems like such a modest vessel to be the ancestor of today's supertankers. Mr. Day's photos show quite a bit of the early days of Alaskan oil production. There are even images of an oil spill, though we haven't scanned that part of the collection yet.
The passengers appear to be dressed more as tourists and business people, not laborers headed to Alaska looking for work.
A few weeks after this photo was taken, the U.S. entered WWI.
l.e. on 10th April 2012 @ 12:58pm