Laysan Island (ARST-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 Okala (ARST-2)

Photographed by her builder, Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Inc., Jeffersonville, Indiana, on 24 June 1945, the day she departed the yard on her ferry voyage to New Orleans.
Note the bridge forward and the large rotating crane amidships.

Photo No. 19-N-89698
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Okala (ARST-2)

Shown during her ferry voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Jeffersonville, Indiana, to New Orleans.
She departed her builder's yard at Jeffersonville on 24 June 1945, passed Memphis, Tenn., on 26 June, and arrived at New Orleans on 28 June. Note the large crane stowed amidships.

Photo No. 19-N-86587A
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Okala (ARST-2)

Shown during her ferry voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Jeffersonville, Indiana, to New Orleans.
She departed her builder's yard at Jeffersonville on 24 June 1945, passed Memphis, Tenn., on 26 June, and arrived at New Orleans on 28 June. Note the 40mm quadruple mount on the stern and the arrangement of boats aft.

Photo No. 19-N-86590A
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Palmyra (ARST-3)

Shown during her ferry voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Jeffersonville, Indiana, to New Orleans.
A similar photo was taken when she departed her builder's yard at Jeffersonville on 19 July 1945. She arrived at New Orleans on 28 July. Of the five boats visible, two are in davits and the other three are probably served by the large rotating crane, the long boom of which is clearly visible.

Photo No. 19-N-89704
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Okala (ARST-2)

In Puget Sound in 1946.
The supports of the large rotating crane amidships have been raised and the crane is ready for operation. It is in its stowed position in the other photos on this page.

Photo No. None
Source: Courtesy of Joseph Lewis

 
USS Okala (ARST-2)

In Puget Sound in 1946.

Photo No. None
Source: Courtesy of Joseph Lewis