: Actually the USN used awnings in the 1950s and
: 1960s, but primarily in port. Seldom were
: they erected while at sea in operational
: duties. With advent of more Air
: Conditioning, there was less need for
: awnings in normal operations. Awnings were
: used particularly in the Med and other hot
: climates. The Flagship units, like the DES
: MOINES class cruisers, entertained VIP
: guests and erected awnings frequently in
: I even talked to a guy who would go aboard
: USN ships stricken and slated to be scrapped
: to strip useable equipment for other museum
: ships. One of the things he noted was that
: there was a dedicated room with a huge
: sewing machine and table for
: making/repairing awnings on the Flagships.
: I don't scan as many photos of ships with
: the awnings erected, because they mask
: details of the ships, but many times while
: at anchor, at least some awnings were
: erected. As can be seen in this photo.
I've seen pictures of the USS Salem in port where you could probably walk from the fantail to the bow, and only be uncovered in the small spaces between the 3 inch and 5 inch gun mounts!