|One of many cartoons collected by BM3 Robert Foster|
We recently received several items that belong to BM3 Robert Foster, a sailor who served on board the Norfolk-based mine layer USS Shawmut (CM-4) from 1918 to 1922. Shawmut most famously served in the 1918 North Sea Mine Barrage during World War I. When not laying mines, she served as a seaplane tender for the fleet. The Navy later changed the name of the vessel to Oglala to avoid confusion with USS Chamount (AP-5).
|Shawmut at her home pier at NOB Hampton Roads|
(now Naval Station Norfolk).
|Shawmut's sailors load up mines while|
at the Yorktown Mine Depot
(now Yorktown Naval Weapons Station).