|Led by the U.S.S. Connecticut, America's Great White Fleet steams toward San Diego Harbor, May 11, 1908|
FROM A U.S. NAVY DISPATCH, SAN DIEGO, Cal, Saturday, April 11, 1908--The Great White Fleet (aka: the Atlantic fleet of 16 battleships) began today the last leg of its originally planned cruise from Hampton Roads, VA to the Golden Gate. The four divisions of the fleet weighed anchor at 4 pm, and three-quarters of an hour later were threading their way out of Magdalena Bay [north and east of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California], in the wake of the flagship U.S.S. Connecticut.
|Media welcomed the 16-ship flotilla|