Polaris (AF-11): 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.

Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

USS Polaris (AF-11)

Off New York soon after conversion, circa May 1941. A recognition feature retained by this ship throughout her career is the pair of kingposts right forward.

Photo No. 19-N-23940
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

USS Polaris (AF-11)

Photographed in the Atlantic east of Norfolk, Va., by a blimp based at Weeksville, N. C.

Photo No. BuAer 64276
Source: U. S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

USS Polaris (AF-11)

Photographed soon after recommissioning in June 1949, or possibly just before decommissioning in January 1946.
Note the wide, flat bridge front, also a prominent feature of her original sisters of the Arcturus (AKA-1) class.

Photo No. USN 1044035
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command