A sailor stands in the boat while it's being raised by the battleship's crane. The "punt" boat was used only to paint the sides of the ship. The boat pictured on the far left is a whale boat, which is used as a life boat and is also used in racing. The boat on the right is called a "racing cutter" and is also used as a life boat and in cutter racing.
Sailor Boarding a Motor Boat by High-Line Transfer
A sailor is transferred to the motor boat by gliding down a rope and pulley system. Motor boats were used to carry enlisted men ashore. Photo taken from the deck of the U.S.S. West Virginia. An unidentified battleship lurks in the background.
Kneeling in the front row, from left to right, is PFC Meihold; Private Grewohl; PFC Dunning; and Private Hayes.Standing in the back, from left to right, is Corporal Pop Winn Coxswain; PFC Rottier; Private Hill; CPL Marquez; Private Davis; Private McIntyre; PFC Shumacher; and 1st Lieutenant Davis.