Arcturus (AKA-1) Class: 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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USS Alcyone (AK-24)

Off the Boston Navy Yard on 18 June 1941, three days after commissioning. Note the lack of armament. The kingpost pair right forward was soon removed from all units of this class.

Photo No. 19-N-24202
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Betelgeuse (AK-28)

Photographed circa 1942 displaying her original hull number.

Photo No. 80-G-31906
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-80-G)

 
USS Alchiba (AK-23)

Photographed circa early 1942. Note her camouflage scheme.

Photo No. 80-G-48207
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Alcyone (AKA-7)

Off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 15 May 1943 with most of her boats on board. This class did not carry landing craft in davits outboard of the bridge.

Photo No. 19-N-47655
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Arcturus (AKA-1)

Off the Norfolk Navy Yard on 9 May 1943 with landing craft embarked.

Photo No. 19-N-47662
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Alchiba (AKA-6)

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard on 4 August 1943. Note the imposing bridge front in this class and the semi-enclosed bridge wings.

Photo No. 19-N-49818
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Arcturus (AKA-1)

Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 9 February 1944.

Photo No. 19-N-60533
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Algorab (AKA-8)

Probably at San Francisco in late 1945 or early 1946 in the final configuration of the class.

Photo No. NH 78541
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Alcyone (AKA-7)

Photographed circa 1945-46 in the final configuration of the class.

Photo No. NH 82142
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command