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Melville (AGOR 14) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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T-AGOR SCB Project 710.66, Preliminary Design Sketch 5796

This sketch probably represents the design for the FY 1966 AGORs around 12 January 1965 when the Ship Characteristics Board distributed preliminary characteristics for the two ships with dimensions identical to those on this sketch. Except for a substantially increased beam these ships were about the same size as the Project 185A AGORs that they were to supersede. The split deck levels within the hull and the total rearrangement of the superstructure reflected the efforts to accommodate numerous recent advances in oceanographic technology in a small hull.

Photo No. None
Source: NARA: RG 19 Entry P 26 Box 11

  Preliminary Design Sketch of R/V Melville (AGOR 14)
T-AGOR SCB Project 710.67, Preliminary Design Sketch 5947

This sketch is dated 10 August 1965, a companion sketch (PD 5955) of Project 710.66 is essentially identical. The ship has grown substantially since the January 1965 sketch and now has a forecastle deck and a conventional layout of internal decks and platforms. The vertical rectangle offset to port at the level of the pilot house is the exhaust stack for the propulsion plant. This sketch probably represents the design before it was turned over by BUSHIPS to M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. for final development as design agent. Note the cycloidal propellers in both the January and August sketches.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

  Preliminary Design Sketch of R/V Melville (AGOR 14)
AGOR 14 Class Oceanographic Research Ship

Model produced for BUSHIPS by M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc., matching a drawing dated 10 January 1966. It essentially shows the ships as built, including an overall length of 245' o.a. shown on the nameplate, although a few details including the full integration of the stack into the tower were refined later. Note the cycloidal propulsion units under the bow and stern. The model was at the Naval Ship R&D Center at Carderock, Md., when photographed circa September 1970.

Photo No. USN 1145038
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  Model of R/V Melville (AGOR 14)
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

Port side view of the ship probably shown in mid-1969 at her builder's yard completing fitting out or during trials. Note that the forecastle deck extends much further aft on the port side than it does on the starboard side because over-the-side oceanographic operations were concentrated on the starboard side and stern.

Photo No. BUSHIPS 181011, NAID 6930757
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-NN, negatives)

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14)
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

Starboard side view of the ship off Bay City, Michigan, on 9 July 1969, probably on builder's trials. Compared to the model, the stack has been raised to just above the lookout post on the top of the tower.

Photo No. NH 98938, ex USN 1139887
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (NH/L-file)

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14) on 9 July 1969
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

Starboard bow view of the ship off Bay City, Michigan, on 9 July 1969, probably on builder's trials.

Photo No. NH 98937, ex USN 1139889
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (NH/L-file)

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14) on 9 July 1969
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

Starboard quarter view of the ship off Bay City, Michigan, on 9 July 1969, probably on builder's trials. The trident of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at San Diego is on her mack.

Photo No. NH 98939, ex USN 1139888
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (NH/L-file)

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14) on 9 July 1969
R/V Knorr (AGOR 15)

Transiting the Cape Cod Canal enroute to her delivery to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, Mass., in 1970. The forecastle deck level in these ships and other AGORs was carried further aft on the port side than on the starboard side.

Photo No. None
Source: Boston Globe from Woods Hole, photo by George Tupper of Woods Hole

  R/V Knorr (AGOR 15) in 1970
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

Being hoisted at the McDermott Shipyard, Amelia, Louisiana, circa 1992 in preparation for lengthening and upgrading. She was cut in half, and ten meters of bottom, topside, decks, and houses were inserted. McDermott also installed a new computer-controlled dynamic positioning system, a re-designed bow thruster, and a new propulsion system with two stern thrusters. Knorr had previously been similarly hoisted and rebuilt at this yard.

Photo No. None
Source: Woods Hole

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14) circa 1992
R/V Knorr (AGOR 15)

The rebuilt Knorr in her berth at Woods Hole on 26 July 2007.

Photo No. None
Source: NavSource, photo by Ben FrantzDale

  R/V Knorr (AGOR 15) on 26 July 2007
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

The rebuilt Melville pierside at San Diego on 10 October 2015. Both lengthened ships are easily identified by the small deckhouse under the crane at the after end of the long forecastle deck on the port side.

Photo No. None
Source: NavSource

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14) on 10 October 2015
R/V Melville (AGOR 14)

A starboard side view as rebuilt. Note the small deckhouse added under the crane on the port side aft and the still largely open starboard side where much of the oceanographic work was concentrated.

Photo No. None
Source: Facebook (NAST PHL)

  R/V Melville (AGOR 14)