Ailanthus (AN-38) 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 Catclaw (YN-81)

On builder's trials off Rockland, Maine, on 28 December 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-61182
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Pinon (AN-66)

On builder's trials near Wilmington, Delaware, on 20 March 1944.
This image clearly shows the original configuration of the class, with a 3"/50 gun forward of the bridge, two 20-mm guns on top of it, and a searchlight platform (empty in this image) just behind it.

Photo No. 19-N-62352
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
HMS Pretext (AN-76)

One of the five units of this class transferred to Britain under Lend Lease near the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 23 August 1944 soon after transfer.
The former searchlight platform now holds a 20mm gun but remains at its original height.

Photo No. 19-N-72300
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Bitterbush (AN-39)

At San Francisco, Calif., on 12 November 1944 after alterations.
Her former searchlight platform has been fitted with a 20mm gun and raised above the top of the smokestack.

Photo No. 19-N-91554
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Stagbush (AN-69)

Underway circa September 1944 shortly after completion.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Lancewood (AN-48)

At San Francisco, Calif., on 18 November 1944 after alterations.
Her former searchlight platform and its gun have been removed, two 20mm guns have been fitted at the after end of the superstructure, and the mainmast there has been replaced by a short pole.

Photo No. 19-N-91593
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Whitewood (AN-63)

Near the Boston Navy Yard on 27 March 1945.
The short pole mainmast has been replaced by a light tripod just aft of the stack.

Photo No. 19-N-79854
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Whitewood (AG-129)

Fast in the ice pack on 5 August 1947 in Cardigan Strait in the Canadian Arctic. She is waiting to be taken in tow by the icebreaker USS Edisto (AGB-2).
She had been fitted to carry a seaplane aft but here carries a landing craft instead.

Photo No. K-7867
Source: Shipscribe