Blackford (APB-45) 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 Kingman (APB-47)

Probably shown in July 1945 soon after commissioning and completing fitting out at New Orleans.
The ship appears to have a full-size crew on board. She spent July transiting the Mississippi River delta, undergoing three days of shipyard work at Mobile, Ala., and in shakedown at Galveston, Texas. She called at Pearl Harbor, a less likely location for this photograph, in early September before sailing for occupation duty in Japan.

Photo No. 19-N-86531
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Kingman (APB-47)

Probably shown in July 1945 soon after commissioning and completing fitting out at New Orleans.
Note the layout of this ship, with a single level deckhouse running most of the length of the ship, the pilot house forward, stack aft, and a Welin davit on each side amidships. She had kingposts and booms forward for use in loading supplies and passing them to the ships she supported.

Photo No. 19-N-86530
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Kingman (APB-49)

Probably shown in July 1945 soon after commissioning and completing fitting out at New Orleans.
The layout of the armament at the stern is clearly visible, as is the arrangement of the two Welin davits amidships.

Photo No. 19-N-86527
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Dorchester (APB-46)

Probably shown returning to San Francisco from the Western Pacific on 9 April 1946.

Photo No. NH 78558
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Dorchester (APB-46)

Probably shown in San Francisco Bay after returning from the Western Pacific on 9 April 1946.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe