This is the Jupiter in 1913, back when its job was to schlep coal and cargo, and long before its transformation into an aircraft carrier. But even then, it was an innovator, according to the U.S. Naval Historical Center: "The Navy's first surface ship propelled by electric motors, she was an engineering prototype for the turbo-electric propulsion system widely used in Navy capital ships" over the next two decades.
March 21, 2012 12:54 PM PDT
Photo by: Naval History & Heritage Command Photographic Department