Irish Tenor John McCormack: 1910s

Irish Tenor John McCormack: 1910s

John McCormack (1884-1945), world-famous Irish tenor, singing to soldiers and sailors on the deck of the U.S.S. Surf. Bain News Service, publisher. Photo not dated. LOC original medium: glass negative.

McCormack was the first artist to record the famous WW1 song It's a Long Way to Tipperary in 1914. He also encouraged efforts for Irish Home Rule and endorsed the Irish Nationalist estrangement from the United Kingdom. In 1917, McCormack became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

The USS Surf is either a WW1 U.S. Navy minesweeper (SP-341), in commission from 1917 to 1919, or a civilian yacht (SP-518) made available to the Navy in 1917 for use as a patrol vessel in World War One but never commissioned.