APL-2 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 APL-15

Probably shown just after completion at Nashville, Tennessee, in August 1944.

Photo No. NH 105940
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS APL-17

Under tow on 8 October 1944 about two weeks after completion at Tampa, Florida.

Photo No. 19-N-73817
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS APL-11

At the Boston Navy Yard on 9 October 1944 one day before completion.

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

 
USS APL-55

Probably shown soon after completion at Tampa, Florida, in July 1945.

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

 
USS APL-10

At Shanghai, China, circa November 1945.
She was known there as Casa Marina, and this name, although informal, made its way onto her bow and into some Navy correspondence. This tiny print was pasted into a handmade Shanghai Christmas card.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS APL-31

At the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., on 23 April 1947 with the former Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes (IX-25) on the far side of the pier.
Reina Mercedes, captured in 1898 when already obsolescent, served as a barracks ship at the Academy from 1912 to 1957.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283)

 
USS APL-31 and APL-32

At the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., on 26 March 1959.
APL-32 had recently replaced the old Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283)

 
USS APL-28

In reserve at Norfolk, Va., between 1954 and 1959.
The sister to the left is APL-41, which had been in reserve at Norfolk since 1946.

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

 
USS APL-5

Shown in South Vietnam shortly after arriving there under tow with another APL in early 1966.
This craft had spent much of the 1950s as barracks ship for the large floating dock AFDB-1.

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

 
USS APL-26

In the Mekong River in South Vietnam circa 1967 surrounded by converted LCM's and monitors whose crews lived aboard the barracks barge.
APL-26 was attached to Task Force 117, the Army/Navy Mobile Riverine Force patrolling the rivers of the Mekong Delta and the Rung Sat Special Zone. She also served as home for elements of the Army's 9th Infantry Division. This photo was released by U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam, on 18 October 1967.

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

 
USS APL-32

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 31 October 1973.

Photo No. NH 83850
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
Ex-USS APL-24

A recent view of the MARAD barge FB-62, ex USS APL-24, serving as the barracks support ship for the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif.
She had probably been employed as such since the Navy transferred her to MARAD in 1962. The tug might be the former Winnemucca (YTB-785), which was in the Suisun Bay NDRF from 1996 until sold by the Navy for commercial use in January 2004. The derrick barge bears a strong resemblence to the Navy's numerous seaplane wrecking barges (YSD), which were only five feet shorter than Winnemucca. The Navy disposed of four of these in the 1990s including YSD-53, transferred to MARAD on 20 April 1992.

Photo No. MARAD 5492_FB-62.jpg
Source: MARAD PMARS website (now gone)