Small YAG's acquired July-December 1941: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of these ships 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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The Cavite Navy Yard, Manila, Philippine Islands

Photographed on 27 October 1941. YAG 2-4 arrived at the yard in June and started conversion in late October or early November. Two candidate vessels that are about the right size and type are moored together in the upper right of the photo; a third candidate has not been identified on this image. The larger ships in the upper left include the submarine tender Canopus (AS-9), two four-piper destroyers, a submarine, and three Auk-class minesweepers.

Photo No. 80-G-178321 (detail)
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-80-G)

 
Two candidates for YAG 2-4 at the Cavite Navy Yard

From a photograph dated 27 October 1941. These two vessels appear to be small cargo ships, one (outboard) with engines amidships and the other (slightly longer than the outboard ship) with engines aft. The outboard ship may be YAG-4, which was the only one of the three with engines amidships, while the inboard ship may be YAG-2, which was the only one of the other two longer than YAG-4. They are probably waiting to be taken into the main part of the yard for conversion.

Photo No. 80-G-178321 (detail)
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-80-G)

 
Motor Yacht Vedette

At Copenhagen off the Royal Danish Yacht Club circa the 1930s. Her owner sold her in March 1939 to the Association of Maryland Pilots at Baltimore, Maryland, and she became USS YAG-7 in 1941.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19 textual records, entry 1266N, box 3, file symbol YAG-7)

 
Pilot Boat Baltimore

In service with the Association of Maryland Pilots at Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1940-1941. Note the number "4" on the stack. She became USS YAG-7 in 1941.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19 textual records, entry 1266N, box 3, file symbol YAG-7)

 
USS YAG-7

She appears to be bringing a pilot to a merchant ship, which has stopped and has put a jacob's ladder over the side. The Navy conversion included small depth charge racks on the stern.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)