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Northern Light (T-AK 284) 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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SS Cove (MA hull 77)

Probably shown in Ready Reserve Force (RRF) status after having her name shortened from Mormaccove in 1977. She is being handled by the tug Cedar Point of the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. She became USNS Northern Light (T-AK 284) in 1980.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-282)

  SS Cove, later USNS Northern Light
USNS Northern Light (T-AK 284)

Official Navy photo released at Cubi Point in the Philippines but with the date and location not specified.

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

  USNS Northern Light (T-AK 284)
USNS Southern Cross (T-AK 285)

Photographed circa 1980-1981. Loaned to NHC by William H. Davis 1981.

Photo No. NH 92966
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

  USNS Southern Cross (T-AK 285)
USNS Southern Cross (T-AK 285)

Pierside, date and location unknown.

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

  USNS Southern Cross (T-AK 285)
USNS Southern Cross (T-AK 285)

Conducting cargo operations at the ice pier at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in February 1983 while making an unprecedented two supply runs in one season from Port Lyttelton, New Zealand. Workers made a new ice pier every 3-5 years by repeatedly flooding an area with water which quickly froze and reinforcing it with steel cables. However, by 1983 this pier had been in use for four seasons and during the ship's second visit a cargo truck like the one shown here broke through the ice.

Photo No. None
Source: Wikimedia Commons, from "Race to reach McMurdo Station," The Press, March 23, 1983; Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Randy C. Bunney

  USNS Southern Cross (T-AK 285) in Antarctica in February 1983
USNS Maury (T-AGS 39) as a conversion of SS Lake

This model, property of the Curator of the Navy, was displayed for many years on top of a card catalog in the Navy Department Library in the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard. The nameplate under the bow reads: "Survey Ship USS Maury (AGS-39), Proposed Design, Scale: 1/16"= 1', Department of the Navy." The model shows her as a MSC ship without the name. Glare from flash retouched.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe, photographed 28 Dec 2005

  USNS Maury (T-AGS 39) as a conversion of SS Lake