Misc. U.S. Tankers (IX-139 etc.): 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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M.V. Vistula (Tanker, built 1921)

Probably shown in the late 1920s or in the 1930s.
This flush-decked tanker was built in Germany for a foreign affiliate of Standard Oil of New Jersey and was transferred to U.S. registry circa 1941. She became USS Belusan (IX-187) in 1945.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
M.V. Vistula (Tanker, built 1921)

Photographed by the U.S. Coast Guard while anchored in an American port on 4 October 1942.
This ship became USS Belusan (IX-187) in 1945.

Photo No. 8537
Source: The Steamship Historical Society of America (Alex. Shaw)

 
S.S. L. J. Drake (American tanker, 1918)

Photographed by the U.S. Coast Guard while anchored in an American port on 11 April 1942.
This ship, launched by the Ames Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Wash., on 27 July 1918 and completed a month later, never served in the Navy, but her sister Montrolite was acquired late in World War II as USS Marmora (IX-189).

Photo No. None
Source: The Steamship Historical Society of America (Alex. Shaw)

 
S.S. Valerian Kuybyshev (Soviet tanker, built 1918)

At San Francisco, Calif., circa 1943 after having been transferred to the Soviet Union under Lend Lease.
Note the Soviet flag and name displayed under the bridge. This ship was returned by the Soviets in 1944 and soon became USS Marmora (IX-189).

Photo No. NH 91262
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
S.S. S. B. Hunt (American tanker, 1919)

Photographed in the 1920s or 1930s.
This ship became USS Flambeau (IX-192) in 1945.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
S.S. S. B. Hunt (American tanker, 1919)

Photographed in the 1920s or 1930s.
This ship became USS Flambeau (IX-192) in 1945.

Photo No. None
Source: Auke Visser (www.aukevisser.nl/esso)

 
S.S. S. B. Hunt (American tanker, 1919)

Photographed on 15 July 1942 by a blimp based in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
This ship became USS Flambeau (IX-192) in 1945.

Photo No. 80-G-420143
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G