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Photo #: 19-N-26639
USS Ballard (AVD-10)
View of the ship's forward portion, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 January 1942.
Note details of her conversion from a destroyer to a seaplane tender, including: enlarged forward deckhouse; 3"/50 dual-purpose gun on the forecastle; four .50 caliber machineguns atop the midships deckhouse; 26-foot motor whaleboat stowed alongside the two remaining smokestacks.
Steam is being vented over the side from a hose just aft of the midships deckhouse.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
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12 March 1999