Arctic (AF-7) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For most classes many other photographs exist.
For more complete online collections of U. S. Navy ship photographs see in particular the NHHC Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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S.S. Yamhill (ID-3806)

The future USS Arctic at the yard of her builder on 25 November 1918. She looks complete but was not delivered until 7 February 1919. The mast near the smokestack was a wartime replacement for the topmasts on the two principal masts and, like the pattern camouflage, was intended to make it more difficult for attacking submarines to get fire control solutions.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-S

 
USS Arctic (AF-7)

At anchor with the fleet in March 1922.
A Delaware (BB-28) class battleship is in the distance beyond her bow.

Photo No. NH 753
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Arctic (AF-7)

Photographed circa the end of the 1930s.
Additional cabins have been fitted to her bridge structure.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe.

 
USS Yukon (AF-9)

This image is on a postcard that was postmarked by the ship at Key West, Florida, on 19 May 1940, four months after she was recommissioned. The ship has a low bridge and lacks the deckhouse on the poop that most of her sisters had. There is an empty gun platform forward, and an after gun would have been mounted on the poop deck. Gun records indicate that these positions received 3"/50 guns in early 1940 instead of the 5"/51 weapons for which they were probably intended.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe.

 
USS Boreas (AF-8)

Shown soon after commissioning for the first time in March 1941 after major modifications that included installation of a full armament of 2-5"/51 guns at the ends and 4-3"/50 guns at the corners of the amidships superstructure. The boat deck amidships was also enclosed, distinguishing her from her sisters. Considerable surface damage on the print is visible, particularly in the sky.

Photo No. 19-N-23753
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-NS Box 2

 
USS Arctic (AF-7)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 29 October 1941.
The ship has received a full armament of two 5"/51 and 4-3"/50 guns, the latter being abreast the foremast and at the after end of the amidships deckhouse. She also has positions for .50 caliber anti--aircraft machine guns that were soon replaced with 20mm guns.

Photo No. 19-N-25860
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Boreas (AF-8)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 October 1941.
Wartime modifications include splinter protection bulwarks around her 5"/51 guns.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Arctic (AF-7)

In San Francisco Bay on 23 April 1943 after removal of the forward 5"/51 gun.

Photo No. 19-N-44354
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Yukon (AF-9)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 13 May 1942.
Her general layout resembles that of her sister Arctic except that her stern gun is on the poop deck instead of on a deckhouse. Her forward 3" guns are also forward of her bridge instead of abreast her foremast.

Photo No. 19-N-30635
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Boreas (AF-8)

Photographed by the U.S. Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, on 4 May 1944.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Yukon (AF-9)

In Hampton Roads on 5 February 1945.
Enhancements installed during battle damage repairs in late 1944 included a 5"/38 gun aft and a lattice radar mast over the bridge.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM