Savannah (AS-8): 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 Savannah (ID-3015)

At the Puget Sound Navy Yard on 12 November 1917 shortly after commissioning.
She is being prepared for a voyage to the Boston Navy Yard where she will be fully converted into a submarine tender. She was armed and given the capability to support the three Seattle-built submarines she was to escort to the East Coast. Navy Coal Barge No. 173 is alongside.

Photo No. NH 65066
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (ID-3015)

Probably shown at the Boston Navy Yard soon after her arrival there in February 1918 for conversion into a submarine tender.
She departed Boston after conversion on 1 Aug 18.

Photo No. NH 105648
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (ID-3015)

Probably photographed in the Azores in November 1918 with seven "O"-class submarines alongside to port and at least one sub to starboard.
On every one of the seven submarines the same portion of the stern casing was torn off by heavy seas. Savannah was escorting twenty subs to Europe but arrived in the Azores after the Armistace and the ships were recalled to the United States. The "O"-class submarines in this operation were O-3 through O-10 (Submarines Nos. 64 to 71). A tanker in wartime camouflage is in the background.

Photo No. NH 98630
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (ID-3015)

In disruptive camouflage circa late 1918, possiby after arriving at Charleston, S.C. for repairs on 13 December 1918 following her wartime voyage to the Azores.
The superstructure just forward of the bridge was considerably expanded during the ship's conversion to a submarine tender at Boston between February and July 1918.

Photo No. NH 98628
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (ID-3015)

With "O"-class submarines alongside circa 1919.
USS O-6 (Submarine No. 67) is outboard at Savannah's bow, and USS O-8 (Submarine No. 69) is outboard at her stern.

Photo No. NH 98630
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (AS-8)

Arriving at Boston, Mass., on 30 August 1924.
During an overhaul between late 1919 and early 1924 the well deck between the ship's forecastle and the bridge was filled in, giving the ship a flush weather deck from stem to stern.

Photo No. NH 81410
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (AS-8)

Photographed off Pensacola, Florida, on 23 December 1924 with USS Bushnell (AS-2) in the background.
Three "S"-class subs including S-27 are alongside Savannah. She tended Submarine Division 11, which consisted of S-24 through S-29.

Photo No. NH 44073
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Savannah (AS-8)

At sea under steam and sail circa 1924.

Photo No. 80-G-1034898
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G

 
USS Savannah (AS-8)

At anchor in port during the 1920s.

Photo No. NH 44074
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command