Small IX - Auxiliary Schooners etc. (1): Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of these vessels 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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Schooner yacht Black Douglas

As completed in 1930. She was a three-masted staysail-rigged schooner with auxiliary diesel propulsion.

Photo No. None
Source: Navsource

USS Black Douglas (IX-55)

Photographed on 30 March 1943 after being refitted as a patrol craft and a few days before being reclassified as a coastal patrol yacht (PYc-45).
Her new armament was 1-3"/50 gun forward, 2-20mm guns amidship, and depth charge racks aft.

Photo No. NH 83303
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

FWS Black Douglas

Shown circa 1946 shortly after her return to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Except for the removal of her armament and the addition of two cargo booms forward her appearance has changed little since 1943.

Photo No. ship0309

Schooner yacht Dwyn Wen

Shown during the 1930s after her rig was modified from the original gaff schooner rig.

Photo No. None
Source: dwynwen.html

Schooner yacht Dwyn Wen

Shown in the Seattle area just after World War II.
Note that the main boom and perhaps the masts are somewhat shorter than they were before the war, possibly the result of Navy modifications.

Photo No. None
Source: dwynwen.html

Army schooner Geoanna (TP-249)

The former USS Geoanna (IX-61) in Army service in the southwest Pacific circa 1944-1945.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Army Signal Corps photo, courtesy of the Lt. Col. O. H. Davidsmeyer collection (

Ketch yacht Zahma (later IX-63)

This photo, taken around 1916, is from a data card maintained by the Navy on the vessel during World War I. At that time the Navy considered her "unsuitable for Naval use" and did not assign her an identification number.

Photo No. None
Source: Naval History and Heritage Command (Ships Histories files)