Bayfield (APA-33) Class, Part 1: 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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USSBolivar (APA-34)

Underway circa September 1943 shortly after commissioning.
She carries the standard rig of the Western Pipe-built units: a pair of kingposts and a mast forward and a pair of kingposts and a mast aft. In Clay (APA-39) the forward pair of kingposts was later converted into a goalpost as in the Ingalls-built units.

Photo No. 19-N-51443
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Callaway (APA-35)

Off the New York Navy Yard on 18 September 1943.
She is loading supplies from a civilian barge. Also alongside is the tug handling the barge and two Coast Guard motor boats.

Photo No. 19-N-51448
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Fayette (APA-43)

Off the New York Navy Yard on 21 October 1943.
This early Ingalls-built unit retained the rig delivered by Ingalls: a goalpost and pair of kingposts forward and a pair of kingposts and a goalpost aft.

Photo No. 19-N-54442
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Barnstable (APA-93)

At San Francisco on 5 May 1945.
This ship and two other later Western Pipe hulls (APA-92, 93, and 96) had the forward pair of kingposts connected at the top by a light crossbar. During conversion an additional pair of short kingposts was installed just forward of the bridge.

Photo No. 19-N-87724
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Hansford (APA-106)

In San Pedro Bay on 19 November 1944.
The last four units at Western Pipe (APA 106-109) had two pairs of kingposts connected at the top by light lattice trusses. They also received the additional pair of short kingposts just forward of the bridge introduced in Barnstable (APA-93).

Photo No. 19-N-74581
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Alpine (APA-92)

Photographed by the Naval Station, Seattle, Washington, on 5 July 1945.
The two twin 40mm mounts added forward to some units of this class in mid-1945 are located at the base of the forward pair of kingposts. In this ship, the directors for these mounts were located a third of the way up the kingposts.

Photo No. 19-N-90193
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Guilford (APA-112)

In Mobile Bay on 18 May 1945 soon after commissioning.
In this and the other later Ingalls-built hulls (beginning with APA-95), the Navy retained only the forward Ingalls goalpost and replaced the rest of the rig with two large single masts as in the Western Pipe-built units. The pair of kingposts between the stack and the after mast was also deleted.

Photo No. 19-N-86365
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Sitka (APA-113)

Probably photographed in mid or late 1945.
One of the two twin 40mm mounts added to this ship in mid-1945 is clearly visible in an enlarged gun tub to port of the forward kingpost pair. Its director is not visible.

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