Arthur Middleton (APA-25) 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. African Comet

On 10 January 1942 soon after her arrival at the Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Co. yard in Hoboken, N. J. for interim conversion to USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55).
Although this handsome ship was completed and ran trials as a merchant ship, the Navy took her over before she could enter commercial service.

Photo No. 19-N-27716
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55)

Departing New York on 18 January 1942 enroute to the Pacific after interim conversion for Naval service at the Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Co. yard in Hoboken, N. J.
She operated as a civilian-manned convoy-loaded transport until arriving at San Francisco in June 1942 for final conversion to a combat-loaded (attack) transport.

Photo No. 19-N-27271
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS George Clymer (AP-57)

Off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 1 September 1942.
She is in her original configuration, with her 5"/51 low-angle gun clearly visible on the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-34169
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Arthur Middleton (AP-55)

Probably photographed in late 1942 after completing conversion to a combat-loaded (attack) transport.
Note the 5"/51 gun on the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-27271
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Samuel Chase (APA-56)

Off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 14 September 1942.

Photo No. 19-N-35228
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Arthur Middleton (APA-25)

Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard on 4 September 1943.
Her 5"/51 gun aft has been removed and two twin 40mm mounts have been added, one on the stern in place of the 5" gun and one in a new elevated position at the bow.

Photo No. 19-N-50432
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)

Photographed on 14 December 1943 by the Coast Guard, which manned the ship.
Her boats are in the water, and she is lowering a truck into one and using both a cargo net and a gangway to embark troops into two others. The two twin 40mm guns that replaced her original 5"/51 low-angle gun are both clearly visible, one at the extreme stern and the other raised above the two 3"/50 guns at the bow.

Photo No. 26-G-12-14-43(1)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS George Clymer (APA-27)

Off Fort Mason, San Francisco, on 7 May 1965.
This ship was the only one of her class that saw postwar service. Aside from a more substantial radar mast before the stack and numerous minor modifications, her configuration remains essentially as it was at the end of the war.

Photo No. USN 1111262
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command