Henderson (AP-1): Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class 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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Undated Design Plan for Transport No. 1

Undated design plan for Transport No. 1 prepared during early 1915 in support of planning for ships that might be built in Fiscal Year 1917. This drawing reflects the concept selected for construction of the Henderson (Transport No. 1), funded in Fiscal Year 1914 and completed in 1917. Henderson was designed in cooperation with the Marine Corps for the purpose of carrying Marine combat troops and their support, including horses and mules (note the inclusion of a "stable" on the Second Deck forward). No additional transports of this type were built, despite Congressional funding of a second, similar ship in Fiscal Year 1919 (see Heywood, Transport No. 2).
This plan provides eight 5-inch guns in a ship 460 feet long on the water line, 60 feet 11-1/2 inches in beam, with a normal displacement of 10,000 tons.

The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book" of the Bureau of Construction & Repair.

Photo No. S-584-074
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (from the Online Library).

 
USS Henderson (Transport No. 1)

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard preparing for her trial trip on 9 June 1917.
The searchlights above the bridge were soon lowered. Her heavy mainmast and its large boat crane have not yet been installed.

Photo No. NH 53505
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Henderson (Transport No. 1)

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 22 April 1918 after completing several transatlantic trooping voyages.
A large boat crane has been added to her main mast and both masts have prominent tops. She has recently been painted in a pattern camouflage scheme. Three of her eight 5"/50 guns are visible.

Photo No. NH 53506
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Henderson (Transport No. 1)

Photographed circa 1918 showing her port side camouflage.

Photo No. None
Source: Courtesy Rick Davis.

 
USS Henderson (AP-1)

With Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur embarked in August 1925.

Photo No. NH 53504
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Henderson (AP-1)

Underway between the wars. Note the boat crane and the large nest of boats aft of the main superstructure.

Photo No. NH 53503
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Henderson (AP-1)

At Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, on 6 January 1933.
Photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station, Coco Solo. Note the open cargo hatch forward of the bridge.

Photo No. NH 99308
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Bountiful (AH-9)

The former USS Henderson (AP-1) near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 27 March 1944 after conversion to a hospital ship.
She is temporarily painted gray and designated "AP-0" prior to being formally designated as a hospital ship.

Photo No. 19-N-65291
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Bountiful (AH-9)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 5 October 1945.

Photo No. NH 103572
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Bountiful (AH-9)

In San Francisco Bay between August 1945 and May 1946.
The ship beyond her bow is USS Dover (IX-30).

Photo No. NH 98752
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.