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Old Posted Aug 28, 2019, 4:59 AM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
At one point in time there was another faux-ship on Abbot Kinney Pier.

A battleship!


I would wager a guess that this was during WWI.

Thanks for this interesting photo, e_r! I do not remember seeing this structure (does it say "Fresh Fish"?) before. I wonder if
it was built that way originally, or if an existing building was decorated for the Great White Fleet's April 1908 visit to Venice.
I also wonder how long the "USS Venice" was in service.

April 21, 1908, Los Angeles Herald:

California Digital Newspaper Collection @ UC Riverside

The pier-bound "warship" looks like it was patterned after a typical American pre-Dreadnought battleship of that era, the type
which comprised the Great White Fleet. Compare the mock battleship with this 1908 photo of Missouri, one of the battleships
in the advertisement above.
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