Harry Lee (APA-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. Excalibur

Photographed in May 1940 arriving at Jersey City, N.J., in neutrality markings
On 28 June 1940 she sailed from Naples, Italy with 350 Americans being returned to the U.S. from war zones.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Harry Lee (AP-17)

Off Puerto Rico during fleet landing exercises on 3 February 1941.
She has three sets of light Navy davits on each side to handle her landing craft. An Omaha (CL-4) class cruiser is just beyond her bow.

Photo No. 80-G-466191
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Joseph Hewes (AP-50)

Photographed in 1942.
This ship and the two sisters acquired with her appear to have retained their merchant ship davits for handling their landing craft. Her two forward 3"/50 guns are on the main deck behind bulwarks, and she has a pole radar mast over the bridge.

Photo No. NH 92511
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (Courtesy of Bill Jones)

 
USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52)

Photographed around September 1942.
She appears to have retained her merchant ship davits for handling her landing craft. Her two forward 3"/50 guns are in elevated tubs forward, and she has a lattice radar mast over the bridge.

Photo No. NH 54349
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Harry Lee (APA-10)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 14 May 1943, probably after receiving modifications to her armament.
She has lost her 5"/51 gun aft and received instead two twin 40mm gun mounts, one of which was mounted above and behind the two forward 3"/50 guns.

Photo No. 19-N-45644
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Harry Lee (APA-10)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 14 May 1943, probably after receiving modifications to her armament.
Her 5"/51 gun on the extreme stern has been removed and the new after twin 40mm gun mount is clearly visible.

Photo No. 19-N-45645
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS John Penn (APA-23)

Photographed by USS Nicholas (DD-449) off Guadalcanal in August 1943.
Her troops are practicing landing tactics. Her configuration appears to resemble that of Joseph Hewes, the two having been converted in the same yard. She probably retains her original armament.

Photo No. 80-G-56834
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command