1917: The Landship “Recruit”

‘USS Recruit, also known as the Landship Recruit, was a wooden mockup of a dreadnought battleship constructed by the United States Navy in Manhattan, as a recruiting tool and training ship.  Commissioned as if it were a normal vessel of the U.S. Navy and manned by a crew of trainee sailors.

After spending over two years in Union Square, the Landship Recruit was decommissioned and dismantled for moving to Coney Island’s Luna Park, where the Navy intended to maintain it as a recruiting depot following its success at its Union Square location.  Recruit had its colors struck on March 16, 1920, and preparations began for the move.  However, the ultimate fate of Recruit after its move is undetermined.’

- Wikipedia

Sources: Shorpy and Mike’s Ephemera

4 Responses

  1. Mikael

    In the navy
    Yes, you can sail the seven seas
    In the navy
    Yes, you can put your mind at ease
    In the navy
    Come on now, people, make a stand
    In the navy, in the navy
    Can’t you see we need a hand
    In the navy
    Come on, protect the motherland
    In the navy
    Come on and join your fellow man
    In the navy
    Come on people, and make a stand
    In the navy, in the navy, in the navy (in the navy)

    They want you, they want you
    They want you as a new recruit

  2. Oleinjun

    That’s Union Square. Google Earth it, most of the buildings are still the same and the subway is in the correct place.


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