Mizar (AF-12) 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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USS Tarazed (AF-13)

Beginning conversion from S.S. Chiriqui at Brewer Ship Yard, Staten Is., N.Y., two days after her acquisition by the Navy.
Part of her white superstructure may already have been painted dark gray. To the right is USS Betelgeuse (AK-28, later AKA-11), being converted from S.S. Mormaclark.

Photo No. 19-N-24235
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Mizar (AF-12)

At the Norfolk Navy Yard on 20 December 1941.
This was the only ship of this class initially converted with its 3"/50 guns fore and aft on raised platforms.

Photo No. 19-N-26531
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Tarazed (AF-13)

Off the Boston Navy Yard on 19 May 1942.
The 3"/50 guns fore and aft are all on deck, as is the 5"/51 gun on the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-29747
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Tarazed (AF-13)

Off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 19 November 1942.

Photo No. 19-N-37306
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
SS Antigua (AF-17)

Operating with a civilian crew on 27 November 1942 under allocation to the Navy for its exclusive use. Navy manning and commissioning of this ship as AF-17 were repeatedly deferred and ultimately cancelled.

Photo No. 80-G-276591
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-80-G)

 
USS Merak (AF-21)

Off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 20 September 1944.
The two 3"/50 guns on deck forward have been replaced by a single 3"/50 on a raised platform.

Photo No. 19-N-73129
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Tarazed (AF-13)

Photographed by an aircraft from Hampton Roads on 26 September 1945.

Photo No. Not Assigned
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Mizar (AF-12)

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard on 8 February 1946.
The ship now has a 5"/38 dual purpose gun on the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-93527
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)