The image is reproduced again below but in higher definition.
Fig. 1. Babcock, R. F. “Join the Navy the Service for Fighting Men” 1917
Fig. 2. Ruther, P. “Chet Johnson on Lipstick & Whiskey” (2011)
The distinctive feature of Babcock’s image is the sailor’s pose. He is in effect, riding the torpedo. The image reminds me of a rodeo rider. Figure 2, above, illustrates such a rider (Chet Johnson). The similarity of the poses are clear to see.