Aristaeus (ARB-1) 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 Zeus (ARB-4)

Near Baltimore, Md., on 18 April 1944 after completion of conversion.
Note the 3"/50 gun on the main deck at the extreme stern with the 40mm quadruple mount just forward of and above it. This arrangement displaced the usual LST stern anchor, which was moved to the bow.

Photo No. 19-N-66069
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Midas (ARB-5)

Near Baltimore, Md., on 29 May 1944 after completion of conversion.
The profile of this class was very similar to the Achelous (ARL-1) class, with two short, widely spaced kingposts forward.

Photo No. 19-N-66520
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Sarpedon (ARB-7)

Near Baltimore, Md., on 24 March 1945 after completion of conversion.
Beginning with this ship, the 3"/50 gun was eliminated, the after 40mm quadruple mount was moved to the extreme stern, and the usual LST stern anchor was restored.

Photo No. 19-N-81377
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Diomedes (ARB-11)

Near Baltimore, Md., on 24 June 1945 after completion of conversion.
The pilot house in this and other later units was more elaborate than on the early units.

Photo No. 19-N-85764
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Helios (ARB-12)

Near Baltimore, Md., on 28 July 1945 after completion of conversion.
Although the armament was modified in the later units of this class, the layout of the forward portion of the ship remained unchanged.

Photo No. 19-N-87305
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM