Mrs. Roosevelt Christens the USS Yorktown

On January 21st of 1943 (or January 22nd according to Mrs. Roosevelt), the USS Yorktown CV-10 was launched into the water, nearly three quarters complete. She was christened by Eleanor Roosevelt, who had also christened the USS Yorktown CV-5 in April, 1936.

Apparently, the CV-10 was eager to get into the water and head into battle. The Yorktown slid out of dry dock seven minutes ahead of schedule, and the First Lady had to hurry and throw the champagne bottle to try and hit the carrier as it went out to sea. It took her two tries to break the bottle, an experience that she’s remembered with good humor.

Fortunately, this moment was caught on camera.


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