Alameda (AO-10) 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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S.S. Wm. Rockefeller (ID-1581)

William Cramp and Sons used the plans of this ship, which the firm delivered in December 1916, to build the four tankers of the Alameda class.
Wm. Rockefeller was taken over by the Navy in late 1917 and was torpedoed on 18 May 1918 while carrying fuel to U.S. naval forces in Scotland.

Photo No. NH 105239
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Alameda (AO-10)

At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va., on 7 March 1921.
Panoramic photograph by Crosby, "Naval Photographer," Portsmouth, Va.

Photo No. NH 103100
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Mattole (AO-17)

In reserve at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 5 June 1940.

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

 
USS Laramie (AO-16)

Photographed on 13 December 1940 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard one week after being placed in full commission there.
Half of her armament of 2-5"/51 and 2-3"/50 guns is visible. S.S. Manhattan is on the far side of the pier.

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

 
USS Laramie (AO-16)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 9 October 1941.
Two more 3"/50 guns have been added aft and splinter protection (low bulwarks) has been added around all of her guns.

Photo No. 19-N-25815
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM.

 
USS Mattole (AO-17)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 17 March 1942.
The number "317" on her bow is unexplained.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Shipscribe.

 
USS Laramie (AO-16)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 21 February 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-25815
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM.

 
USS Kaweah (AO-15)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 13 June 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-51952
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM.

 
USS Mattole (AO-17)

Photographed underway off Virginia Beach, Va., on 7 October 1944 by a blimp based at Weeksville, N.C.

Photo No. 80-G-281873
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G.