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NAMESAKE

Portrait of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838).  This is the portrait which hung aboard USNS Bowditch T-AGS-21.  The photo of the portrait was taken in 1974.  USNS Bowditch was named in honor of Nathaniel Bowditch, the author of Bowditch's American Practical Navigator, Edmund M. Blunt,  1802.

Click the photo for a higher resolution display, PLUS an original poem by P. Blain, 3rd Officer, USNS Bowditch, 1974.

(The photo and accompanying material are from The Crew's Cruise Book, May 4, 1974, courtesy of Richard Newman.)
Bowditch at anchor in Lisbon harbor, ca. Apr 1967.

(Courtesy of Earl Adams.)
Bowditch at anchor, again in Lisbon Harbor, ca. Jul-Aug 1967. These ships didn't look like much from the outside.  Come to think of it they didn't look like much from the inside either.  But for an enlisted sailor in the 60s and early 70s, accommodations were luxurious beyond belief!

(Courtesy of Earl Adams.)
Bowditch, docked in Trondheim, Norway.

Date unknown, but probably very early 1960s (no BRN-3 antenna mast, no WPN-3 whip antennas).

Original by Sigbjørn Baumeyer posted to http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/10/1021.htm
Bowditch, docked in Bremerhaven, Germany, May 1968.

(Courtesy of William "Ace" Hunter.)
Bowditch, docked in La Coruna, Spain, May 1972.

Taken from the original pasteup for the May-Jun 1972 Bowditch Cruise Book.

(Courtesy of Bob Lord.)
Bowditch underway, ca. 1971-1972.

She even looks racy!

(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
Another print of Bowditch underway, identical to the above, this one contributed by Matthew Ekdahl.
In the same series, bow down.

(Courtesy of Matthew Ekdahl.)

Bowditch, dead in the water, pre-1963.  Lifeboat No.1 has been lowered; presumably this picture has been taken from the lifeboat.

(Photo courtesy of Chet Headley. Chet comments: this photo was given to me when I went aboard Bowditch in 1966.)