Filipino sailors are well known around the world for their maritime skills. In every ship that sailed around the world there is a Filipino. The preference for Filipino sailors is due to the fact that they are “completely disciplined, hard-working, flexible and reliable.”
Probably our sailors are known around the world because we have 9 decades of maritime experience in the US navy. For over 90 years Subic Bay hosted the biggest US Naval Base outside the US continent before it closed in 1991. It was a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy.
When the United States was drawn into World War I, all the Navy's shipyards including Subic Bay began working at a fast pace to prepare ships for battle. American and Filipino workers would take pride in their workmanship, repairing battleships, frigates and destroyers that were overhauled in Subic Bay. With the booming shipping industry and the need for new sailors, many Filipinos applied to join the US Navy. The pay is big compared to the usual jobs here and also it was the easiest way to become US immigrant.
Collecting these postcards is fun and gives us a glimpse of the navy's life during the colonial years.
|Artist's Sketch of Drag Dance in Olongapo Dance Hall|
|Docks At San Fernando, La Union, P.I.|
|Filipino Sailors. Circa 1923|
|Filipino US Navy Sailor|
|Pinoy sailors working for an American ship. Ca. 1920's|
|Filipino US Navy Sailors photo studio|
|The Smoke of the Fleet, In Manila Bay|
Compliment of Germinal Factory
|U.S. Asiatic Fleet |
In Philippine Water
|U.S. Battleship Fleet|
in Philippine Waters
|Our Navy Poets Corner |