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Historical Photographs

Seaman Training During World War II

Photographs by John Vachon. Date Created/Published: 1942 July. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.  Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

 
Hoffman Island, merchant marine training center off Staten Island, New York. Trainees cleaning out boilers aboard the training ship New York.

Engine room 
Hoffman Island, merchant marine training center off Staten Island, New York. Instructor with group of trainees in the engine room of the training ship New York.

Galley 
Hoffman Island, merchant marine training center off Staten Island, New York. Trainees for steward’s rating learning how to bake.

Lifeboats 
Hoffman Island, merchant marine training center off Staten Island, New York. Dry land boat drill.

Painting 
Hoffman Island, merchant marine training center off Staten Island. Trainees painting the schooner Vema.

Merchant Seaman Recruits at Hoffman Island, WWII 
Hoffman Island, merchant marine training center off Staten Island, New York. General muster of trainees at 8:45 a.m.

J.W.A. Early NDRF Photo Assemblage

Photos assembled by XXX W. XXXXX, a Maritime Administration employee, in the early 1970s for a historical survey of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. The photos are uncredited, but were credited by Mr. XXXXX to be the work of the U.S. Navy (aerial photos) or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Maritime Administration (ground photos). The physically-inserted photos captions are from Mr. XXXXX.

Astoria Reserve Fleet

Astoria Anchorage 2 
An aerial view of the NDRF Anchorage near Astoria, Oregon. Date unknown.

Astoria Anchorage 2 
A repurposed barracks barge, used as a shop and storeroom a the Astoria NDRF Anchorage

Astoria Anchorage 3 
An aerial view of the NDRF Anchorage near Astoria Oregon in 1950.

Astoria Anchorage 4
Shore-side buildings at the NDRF anchorage near Astoria, Oregon. Date unknown.

Astoria Anchorage 5
An aerial view of the headquarters buildings and pier of the NDRF Astoria Anchorage.

Astoria Anchorage 6
An aerial view of the headquarters and pier area of the Astoria NDRF Anchorage.

Beaumont Reserve Fleet

Beaumont Anchorage 1
An aerial view of the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, with Neches River on the right. Date unknown.

Beaumont Anchorage 2
An aerial view of the Beaumont Reserve Fleet headquarters buildings in 1948

Beaumont Anchorage 3
The Beaumont Reserve Fleet waterfront, with shops. Date unknown.

Beaumont Anchorage 4
An aerial view of the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, with the Neches River channel in the background. Date unknown.

Beaumont Anchorage 5
The Beaumont Reserve Fleet’s waterfront area, including a view of FS-52, a crane-equipped workboat, in 1953.

Beaumont Anchorage 6
Beaumont Reserve Fleet headquarters area. Date unknown.

Hudson River Reserve Fleet

Hudson River Anchorage 1
Aerial view of the Hudson River Reserve Fleet. Date unknown.

Hudson River Anchorage 2
An aerial view of the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, 1956.

Hudson River Anchorage 3
An aerial view of the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, 1959.

Hudson River Anchorage 4
Snow on the deck of a ship in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet.

Hudson River Anchorage 4
U.S. Navy berthing barge used as fleet offices. Date unknown.

Hudson River Anchorage 5
Hudson River Reserve Fleet parking area, 1964.

Hudson River Anchorage 6
Hudson River Reserve Fleet shore facilities, 1967.

Hudson River Anchorage 10
Hudson River Reserve Fleet office ship. Date unknown.

Hudson River Anchorage 7
Hudson River Reserve Fleet office barge during the winter. Date unknown.

Hudson River Anchorage 9
Final two ships towed out of the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, 1971.

James River Reserve Fleet

James River 1
Personnel boat at James River Reserve Fleet. Date unknown.

James River 4
Aerial view of the James River Reserve Fleet, 1953.

James River 5
Aerial view of James River Reserve Fleet after Hurricane Hazel, 1954.

James River 6
James River Reserve Fleet headquarters buildings. Date unknown.

James River 7
A view of the James River Reserve Fleet headquarters area from offshore. Date unknown.

James River 8
An aerial view of the James River Reserve Fleet, 1968.

Mobile Reserve Fleet

Mobile Anchorage 1

Aerial view of the Mobile Reserve Fleet anchorage, 1964.

Mobile Anchorage 2
Fenders in front of L&N Railroad bridge at Mobile Reserve Fleet, 1951.

Mobile Anchorage 3
Aerial view of the Mobile Reserve Fleet, 1964.

Mobile Anchorage 4
Mobile Reserve Fleet headquarters buildings, 1967.

Mobile Anchorage 6
Mobile Reserve Fleet waterfront area, 1950.

Mobile Anchorage 7
Waterfront at Mobile Reserve Fleet, 1950.

Olympia Reserve Fleet

Olympia Anchorage 1
Aerial view of the Olympia Reserve Fleet, 1957.

Olympia Anchorage 2
Headquarters and waterfront area of the Olympia Reserve Fleet. Date unknown.

Olympia Anchorage 3
Headquarters and waterfront area of the Olympia Reserve Fleet. Date unknown.

Olympia Anchorage 4
Olympia Reserve Fleet anchorage plotting board. Date unknown.

Olympia Anchorage 5
Original Olympia Reserve Fleet headquarters building. Date unknown.

Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet

Suisun Bay 1
Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Self-propelled work barge. Date unknown.

Suisun Bay Anchorage 2
Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet office ship Ogala. Date unknown.

Suisun Bay Anchorage 3
Aerial View of Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 1950.

Suisun Bay Anchorage 4
Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet barrier boom; constructed to protect the railroad bridge to the left. Date unknown.

Suisun Bay Anchorage 5
Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet’s office barge in the early 1960s.

Wilmington Reserve Fleet

Wilmington Anchorage 1
Brunswick River Ship Sanctuary – predecessor of the Wilmington Reserve Fleet, 1946.

Wilmington Anchorage 2
Aerial view of the Wilmington, North Carolina anchorage, 1951.

Wilmington Anchorage 3
Aerial view of the Wilmington Reserve Fleet. Eagle island is in the center of the photo; the idle North Carolina Shipbuilding yard is to the right. Date unknown.

Wilmington Anchorage 4
Wilmington Reserve Fleet headquarters area, 1950.

Wilmington Anchorage 5
The mooring situation at the Wilmington Reserve Fleet in the early 1950s. Date unknown.

Wilmington Anchorage 6
Aerial view of part of the Wilmington Reserve Fleet after the advent of more secure mooring stakes, 1954.

Wilmington Anchorage 7
Wilmington Reserve Fleet ships with bows intentionally grounded. Date unknown.

Updated: Monday, October 29, 2018