Procyon (AKA-2) 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 Bellatrix (AK-20)

Off Tampa, Florida, circa March 1942. Her armament is partly visible. Note the large centerline kingposts that were added to the primary kingpost pairs fore and aft to enable the ship to lift heavy boats.

Photo No. 19-N-28450
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Procyon (AK-19)

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard on 11 August 1942. She was built with standard merchant ship kingpost pairs and did not receive the centerline kingposts that were added to her later sisters.

Photo No. 19-N-33849
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Bellatrix (AKA-3)

At San Diego on 19 February 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-41568
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Procyon (AKA-2)

Photographed on 10 May 1943, probably in Hampton Roads. Note the addition of a large radar mast forward of the stack, as well as elevated 20mm gun platforms near the tubs for her four 3-inch guns at each end. She appears to be carrying most of her boats. Unlike her later sisters, she has no landing craft davits outboard of the bridge.

Photo No. BuAer 66345
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Electra (AKA-4)

Photographed by the Charleston, S. C. Navy Yard on 3 July 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-47413
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Procyon (AKA-2)

Photographed in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946. The ship was refitted in circa 1944 with two quadruped masts, and her armament was modified again, the four 3-inch guns being replaced by two 40mm twins and the 20mm guns being redistributed. Procyon was the only ship of the class so configured.

Photo No. 80-G-48207
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Bellatrix (AKA-3)

Photographed circa the late 1940s.

Photo No. NH 91926
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command