Small IX - Miscellaneous Types (3): 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 Goodwill

This yacht became USS Palomas (IX-91) in late 1942.

Photo No. None
Source: Navsource

 
USS Palomas (IX-91)

Photographed on the day President Roosevelt died (12 April 1945) with her flag at half mast.
She was serving as radar training ship at Treasure Island, Calif., and had radar antennas at the tops of both of her masts.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Irene Forsyte (IX-93)

Photographed on 14 September 1943 by an aircraft based at Quonset Point, R.I.
This ship made her one and only voyage as a "Q-ship" later in this month. Her guns are located between the masts.

Photo No. 80-G-86383
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Irene Forsyte (IX-93)

Photographed on 14 September 1943 by an aircraft based at Quonset Point, R.I.


Photo No. 80-G-86382
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
Cargo schooner Ronaki

Photographed at Auckland, New Zealand, before World War II.
She was Lend-Leased to the U.S. Navy in 1942 as USS Ronaki (IX-94) and wrecked in 1943.

Photo No. NH 93726
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
Scow Echo

Shown in civilian service in New Zealand either before or after her U.S. Navy service.
She was Lend-Leased to the U.S. Navy in 1942 as USS Echo (IX-95) and returned in 1944.

Photo No. NH 84194
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
Scow Echo

Shown in civilian service in New Zealand either before or after her U.S. Navy service.
She was Lend-Leased to the U.S. Navy in 1942 as USS Echo (IX-95) and returned in 1944.

Photo No. None
Source: Arthur D. Baker III

 
Scow Echo

Shown in civilian service in New Zealand most likely after World War II.
She still existed in 2005 as a museum ship and restaurant at Picton, N.Z.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Martha's Vineyard (IX-97)

With possible Mousetrap ASW launchers on the forecastle. She was assigned to the Underwater Sound Laboratory at New London, Conn.

Photo No. NH 46667
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
ex-USS Big Chief (IX-101)

Hauled out circa October 1949 to begin conversion to the menhaden fishing vessel B. O. Colonna.
After a brief period as a merchant freighter she served as a lighthouse tender from 1899 to 1934 and then returned to merchant service.

Photo No. None
Source: Edited from the paper "Atlantic Fishing Company" at www.colonnapapers.com

 
Fishing vessel B. O. Colonna

The former USS Big Chief (IX-101) in 1955 during conversion to a menhaden fishing vessel by Colonna's Shipyard, Inc., Norfolk, Va.
Her high forecastle has been cut down and only the smokestack and the lower portion of the deckhouse were retained aft.

Photo No. None
Source: Colonna's Shipyard (www.colonnashipyard.com)

 
Fishing vessel B. O. Colonna

The former USS Big Chief (IX-101) in 1956 after conversion to a menhaden fishing vessel.
She was converted by Colonna's Shipyard, Inc., at Norfolk, Va., in 1955 and 1956.

Photo No. None
Source: Colonna's Shipyard (www.colonnashipyard.com)