Small IX - Miscellaneous Types (2): 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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Square-rigged yacht Seven Seas

In heavy weather during the 1930s. She became USS Seven Seas (IX-68) in 1942.

Photo No. None
Source: Edited from "Falken," 18 October 1940, page 5, found at www.timarit.is

 
USS Kailua (IX-71)

Photographed by British Commonwealth aircraft on 17 July 1943.
This ship was a small cable vessel.

Photo No. None
Source: Arthur D. Baker III

 
S.S. City of Philadelphia

This crude photo 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. The steamer was modernized during the 1930s and renamed Liberty Belle. She was acquired by the Navy in 1942 and designated IX-72.

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

 
USS Liberty Belle (IX-72)

Photographed by the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 21 May 1942 after completing conversion for use as an experimental vessel for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. At this time she was a chartered vessel with an officer in charge supervising a civilian crew. She was placed in commission on 1 January 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-32720
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Liberty Belle (IX-72)

Photographed by the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 21 May 1942 after completing conversion for use as an experimental vessel for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. At this time she was a chartered vessel with an officer in charge supervising a civilian crew. She was placed in commission on 1 January 1943.

Photo No. 19-N-32719
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Christiana (YAG-32, ex IX-80)

Serving as a seaplane tender at Royal Island in the Bahamas on 11 April 1945.
Formerly a Lighthouse Service tender, she was classified IX-80 until 20 November 1943 and lost her name on 1 March 1945, shortly before this photo was taken,

Photo No. 80-G-387497
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G