Castor (AKS-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 Pollux (AKS-2)

Underway on 26 May 1941 after initial conversion at the Brewer Shipbuilding and Drydock Co, Staten Island.
This ship was wrecked on the Newfoundland coast in February 1942.

Photo No. 19-N-24140
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Castor (AKS-1)

Off Oakland, California, on 1 June 1943 after an overhaul there.
Her 5"/51 gun aft was replaced with a 5"/38 during this overhaul.

Photo No. 19-N-52289
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Castor (AKS-1)

Off Oakland, California, on 1 June 1943 after an overhaul there.

Photo No. 19-N-52290
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Castor (AKS-1)

Photographed circa 1944, possibly after a minor overhaul at Seattle.

Photo No. 19-N-70688
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pollux (AKS-4)

Underway on 21 October 1944 in San Francisco Bay after an overhaul.
The superstructure of this later C2 cargo ship was shorter and more compact than that of the two earlier ships in this class.

Photo No. USN 91585
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pollux (AKS-4)

At the Marine Terminal Pier at Subic Bay, Philippines, on 7 April 1959.
Note the additional fittings on her kingposts for the rapid transfer of cargo while underway.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Castor (AKS-1)

Underway on 14 November 1963.

Photo No. KN-7216
Source: Shipscribe