The Thai armored gunboat SUKOTHAI in the Chao Phraya River just below Bangkok on 24 February 1970.

Thai Navy Ships at Bangkok, February 1970

These photos were taken by Shipscribe in late February 1970 while serving as operations officer of USS BRADLEY (DE-1040) and after his detachment from the ship at Bangkok. The first batch was taken on 24 February 1970 as the ship ascended the Chao Phraya River from the sea to her anchorage off Bangkok. This phase ended when BRADLEY moored to buoy number 1F at Sathu Pradit Landing, mid-channel in the Chao Phraya River just off the city, at 1221 local time. The second batch was taken a few days later during a tourist excursion up the river from Bangkok to the ruins at Ayutthaya. The first batch was taken with a snapshot camera and black and white film, the second was taken with Ektachrome slide film. Shipscribe added these photos to the collection of the Naval Historical Center soon after he became a volunteer in the Photo Section there in the early 1980s, but the quality of the reproductions now on the website of the Naval History and Heritage Command (successor to NHC) is so bad that Shipscribe is posting new scans here from the originals in his possession. Despite remaining imperfections, it is hoped that they will be useful for reference work and, in the case of the color images, for general enjoyment.

Links for oversized jpegs are provided (probably overkill for the black and white images) as equivalents to the oversized tiffs offered by NHHC. These initially display on a computer monitor as blurred, but they will sharpen and enlarge if clicked on or downloaded. The jpegs can easily be converted to tiffs after downloading if desired.

Note: The author hereby places the new scans of the pictures presented here in the Public Domain where they can be freely downloaded and used for any purpose. Please cite as the source.

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