Aries (AK-51): 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. Lake Traverse (ID # 2782)

At her builder's yard in Duluth, Minnesota, around the time of her completion in April 1918.
A similar ship delivered four months later by the same shipyard, Lake Geneva, eventually became USS Aries (AK-51).

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-A-27

 
USS Aries (AK-51)

Photographed by the Boston Navy Yard on 26 May 1942.
Her rig was modified during her Navy conversion. As a civilian-manned Navy-owned ship she was technically a U. S. Naval Cargo Ship (USNCS).

Photo No. 19-N-32703
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Aries (AK-51)

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard on 29 May 1944 after receiving major repairs before proceeding to the Western Pacific.

Photo No. 19-N-66427
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Aries (AK-51)

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard on 29 May 1944.

Photo No. 19-N-66428
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Aries (AK-51)

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard on 29 May 1944.

Photo No. 19-N-66429
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Aries (AK-51)

Probably shown after her return to San Francisco at the end of 1945.
Her armament has been removed, indicating that this is a postwar photo.

Photo No. NH 82224
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command