Bolster (ARS-38) 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 Opportune (ARS-41)

Probably shown around the time of her completion in October 1945.

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

 
USS Bolster (ARS-38)

On trials in San Francisco Bay on 20 May 1945.

Photo No. 19-N-85859
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Bolster (ARS-38)

On trials in San Francisco Bay on 20 May 1945.

Photo No. 19-N-85860
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Recovery (ARS-43)

Photographed circa the 1950s.
Note the prominent tubs for her two 40mm twin gun mounts.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-164)

 
USS Reclaimer (ARS-42)

Underway off Oahu, Hawaii, on 28 February 1963.
She still has her two 40mm gun tubs.

Photo No. KN-5483
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Conserver (ARS-39)

Underway off Oahu, Hawaii, on 26 May 1964.
Her two 40mm gun mounts and their tubs have been replaced by a single 40mm gun on the centerline on the signal bridge.

Photo No. KN-9503
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Conserver (ARS-39)

Shown circa the later 1960s or early 1970s.
Note the elevated single 40mm gun on the centerline over the bridge.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Opportune (ARS-41)

Underway circa the 1970s.
The single 40mm gun over the bridge appears to have been removed.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-164)

 
USS Retriever (ARS-44)

On the ways on 15 August 1945 at the time of her cancellation.

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

 
USS Skillful (ARS-45)

On the ways on 15 August 1945 at the time of her cancellation.

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