Beaver (AS-5): 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. Beaver

One of several publicity post cards issued soon after Beaver and her sister Bear entered commercial service.
The same image was used for both ships, but the name board on the bridge is long enough to be Beaver.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Beaver (ID-2302)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1918 soon after completing conversion.

Photo No. NH 56365
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Beaver (ID-2302)

At a tropical port, probably Coco Solo in the Panama Canal Zone, circa late 1918.
An "R"-class submarine is alongside. The tender still has her wartime disruptive camouflage.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Beaver (ID-2302)

With USS R-20 and another "R"-class submarine alongside circa 1919.
Beaver escorted a group of "R"-class subs from the West Coast to Pearl Harbor in early 1919.

Photo No. NH 56364
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Beaver (AS-5)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 14 March 1925 before beginning a seven-year tour on the Asiatic Station.

Photo No. NH 1927
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Beaver (AS-5)

Near the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 7 April 1942.
Her two forward 5"/51 guns have been replaced with three 3"/50 AA guns, with a fourth 3" gun being added aft.


Photo No. 19-N-29491
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Beaver (AS-5)

At the Mare Island Navy Yard on 12 September 1943.
Note the two 5"/51 guns on the small fantail with the superfiring 3"/50 gun that was added in 1942.

Photo No. NH 99169 (also 19-N-52310)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Beaver (AS-5)

Departing the Mare Island Navy Yard on 20 September 1943 for duty in Alaska.
Note the three 3"/50 guns clustered on the bow.

Photo No. 19-N-52304
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM