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Robert L. Barnes (AO-14): 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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S.S. Robert L. Barnes (1917)

In light ice during the winter of 1917-1918, probably in the Great Lakes, before acquisiton by the Navy.
Alexander McDougall built her as the prototype "rectangular ship" or "sea-going canal boat," with a plain, low hull and a superstructure that could be removed to pass under canal bridges.

Photo No. None (copied as NH 65155)
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM (SP files).

 
USS Robert L. Barnes (AO-14)

In use as an oil depot at Guam between the World Wars.

Photo No. NH 105249
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Robert L. Barnes (AO-14)

In use as an oil depot at Guam between the World Wars.

Photo No. NH 71566 (detail)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 
USS Robert L. Barnes (AO-14)

In use as an oil depot at Guam circa 1932.
This ship was reclassified AG-27 in 1938.

Photo No. NH 99600
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.