Pleiades (AK-46): 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. Mangalia

This Romanian cargo ship is shown at Robins Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. on 23 August 1941 in preparation for conversion to USS Pleiades (AK-46).

Photo No. 19-N-25105
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pleiades (AK-46)

Photographed in New York harbor, probably on 24 October 1941, after conversion for U.S. Navy service.
No armament larger than machine guns is visible.

Photo No. 19-N-25718
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pleiades (AK-46)

Photographed by the Boston Navy Yard on 18 March 1943.
The ship now has two 3"/50 guns, one forward and one aft, and four 20mm guns at the corners of the amidships deckhouse.

Photo No. 19-N-41921
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pleiades (AK-46)

Photographed by the Boston Navy Yard on 18 March 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-41921
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pleiades (AK-46)

Photographed by the Boston Navy Yard on 18 March 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-41921
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM