Canopus (AS-9): 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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S.S. Santa Leonora (ID-4352A)

Probably shown running builder's trials in early July 1919 just before delivery to the Navy as a transport.
After three months with the Navy she was transferred to the Army and then to the Shipping Board, which laid her up with other surplus war-built ships. She became USS Canopus (AS-9) at the end of 1921.

Photo No. NH 74064
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Canopus (AS-9)

At Apra Harbor, Guam, on 29 October 1924 with Submarine Division 17 alongside.
The tender and her subs (S-36 through S-41) were headed for Manila to join the Asiatic Fleet.

Photo No. NH 55048
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Canopus (AS-9)

Shown in a photograph sent in early 1926 by the ship's Commanding Officer to the Bureau of Construction and Repair.
Her guns, although listed as installed on a 1924 inclining experiment report, are not visible in this and other photographs dating from the 1920s.

Photo No. 19-N-10340
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-E

 
USS Canopus (AS-9)

Shown in a photograph sent on 1 March 1926 by the ship's Commanding Officer to the Bureau of Construction and Repair.

Photo No. 19-N-10341
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-E

 
USS Canopus (AS-9)

Moored near the Dewey Drydock, at Olongapo, Philippine Islands, on 9 March 1932, with four submarines moored alongside.
The outboard submarine is S-38 (SS-143). The tender's 5"/51 guns have been mounted on platforms fore and aft.

Photo No. 80-CF-22672-1 (detail)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Canopus (AS-9)

At Shanghai, China, during the 1930s.
Shanghai was attacked by the Japanese in 1932 and occupied by them in 1937. Two 5"/51 guns are clearly visible on platforms, one on each end of the ship, and the four reported 3"/50 guns may be under the awning over the upper level of the superstructure.

Photo No. 80-G-1014614
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Canopus (AS-9)

With Asiatic Fleet submarines alongside during the 1930s.
The submarines are (from left to right) USS S-37 (SS-142), S-40 (SS-145), S-36 (SS-141), S-38 (SS-143), S-41 (SS-146), and S-39 (SS-144).

Photo No. 80-G-1014615
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command