Asterion (AK-63) and Atik: 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. Carolyn

In merchant service displaying the funnel markings of her owner, the A. H. Bull Steamship Lines.
During World War II she became USS Atik ("AK-101"), a decoy "Q-ship" lost with all hands on 27 March 1942 as a result of an action with the German submarine U-123.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
S.S. Carolyn (ID # 1608)

In port circa 1917-1918, probably at the time she was inspected for possible U.S. Navy service.
This steamer was assigned the registry ID # 1608, but was not taken over by the Navy during World War I.

Photo No. NH 102438
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Asterion ("AK-100", later AK-63)

Photographed by a Coast Guard aircraft at 1100 hours on 10 May 1942 16 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, (26-48N, 79-45W) while operating as a "Q-ship" on an anti-submarine decoy mission.
She was masquerading under her former identity as S.S. Evelyn in hopes of bringing a submarine within range of her concealed gun battery. She was using the callsign WKCE.

Photo No. None (negative)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office

 
USS Asterion ("AK-100", later AK-63)

Photographed by a Coast Guard aircraft at 0945 hours on 11 May 1942 12 miles south south east of Key Largo at the eastern end of the Florida Keys (24-53N, 80-23W) while operating as a "Q-ship" on an anti-submarine decoy mission.
She was masquerading under her former identity as S.S. Evelyn in hopes of bringing a submarine within range of her concealed gun battery. She was using the callsign WKCE.

Photo No. None (negative)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office

 
USS Asterion ("AK-100", later AK-63)

Photographed by a Coast Guard aircraft at 0740 hours on 12 May 1942 14 miles south east of Islamorada in the east central Florida Keys (24-43N, 80-28W) while operating as a "Q-ship" on an anti-submarine decoy mission.
She was masquerading under her former identity as S.S. Evelyn in hopes of bringing a submarine within range of her concealed gun battery. She was using the callsign WKCE.

Photo No. None (negative)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office

 
USS Asterion ("AK-100", later AK-63)

Photographed by a Coast Guard aircraft at 0950 hours on 12 May 1942 23 miles east of Key Largo at the eastern end of the Florida Keys (25-08N, 79-58W) while operating as a "Q-ship" on an anti-submarine decoy mission.
She was masquerading under her former identity as S.S. Evelyn in hopes of bringing a submarine within range of her concealed gun battery. She was using the callsign WKCE.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office