Boone was among the 95 USSB steamships in the celebrated “Tidal Wave” of national ships launching on July 4, 1918. On this date, close to 100 vessels were launched from shipyards all across the United States, marking the greatest ship-launching day in history. Of the 94 vessels that were launched on this date, 53 were part of the wooden emergency cargo fleet, like Boone. Additionally, vessels like Bayou Teche, Mono, and Cumberland, all vessels located in Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, all took part in this ceremonial event.
Postcard of ships being built at the Dantzler Shipyard in Moss Point, Mississippi, date unknown (Source: Mississippi Department of Archives and History).
Drone photograph of Boone, circled in red at Mallows Bay, Maryland.