Celebrate the centennial of the 1907-09 cruise of the Great White Fleet with this "bully" t-shirt!
On 16 December 1907, sixteen of the newest battleships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet began their voyage around the world. This cruise, which covered
more than 45,000 miles and made twenty port calls on six continents, would later become known as the cruise of the Great White Fleet.The fourteen-month
long voyage lasted until February 22, 1909 and was commanded by Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans until the fleet arrived in San
Francisco when Rear Admiral Charles S. Sperry assumed command.
With the USS Connecticut as flagship, the fleet visited the following ports: Trinidad, British West Indies; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sandy Point, Chile;
Callao, Peru; Magdalena Bay, Mexico; San Francisco; Honolulu, Hawaii; Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Melbourne and Albany, Australia; Manila, Philippine
Islands; Yokohama, Japan; Colombo, Ceylon; Suez, Egypt; Messina and Naples, Italy; Gibraltar.
The front of our unique and colorful Great White Fleet shirt features the famous photo of the Atlantic Fleet departing Hampton Roads along with cameos of Presidend Roosevelt,
Admiral Evans and Admiral Sperry. The names of all 18 battleships that participated (USS Maine and USS Alabama replaced USS Nebraska and USS Wisconsin
after the fleet arrived on the West Coast) along with renderings depicting each of the five different classes printed in full color on the back and a quote
from President Roosevelt: "Other nations may do what you have done, but they'll have to follow you." Direct printed on pre-shrunk, Gildan 100% UltraCotton
shirts that feature a seamless collar and durable double-stitched seams and bottom, all styles are available in adult sizes from Small to 4XL and in white,
black, navy, green or burgundy - 4XL sizes available only in white, black or navy. Also available in the soft & comfortable Gildan UltraBlend Crewneck Sweatshirt
(50/50 cotton/polyester blended fleece fabric). Please note that while we do offer this design on a white shirt, the more subtle shades of gold and buff used in the images
show up more clearly on the colored shirts.