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Namesake:

Portrait of Capt. Benjamin Dutton, Jr., USN (1883-1937).  This is the portrait which hung aboard USNS Dutton T-AGS-22.  The photo of the portrait was taken in 1962.  USNS Dutton was named in honor of Capt. Dutton, the author of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy,  1926.

From the Preface to the 15th Edition:

"When Commander Benjamin Dutton, U.S. Navy, wrote his first edition of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy, it probably did not occur to him that his book would become one of the greats of navigation, continuing on for more than three-quarters of a century and enjoying a reputation exceeded only by that of the two-hundred-year-old American Practical Navigator by Nathaniel Bowditch."

Dutton tied up at the pier at Malaga, Spain, ca. 1972-1974.

(Courtesy of Paul Rokoff.)
Dutton underway.

This photo was taken from a post card.

(Courtesy of Phil Brooks.)
An official photograph of USNS Dutton at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 20 October 1958.  She is perhaps on trials, or moving berths.  Dutton underwent conversion from her original merchant cargo configuration to a T-AGS at this shipyard from 8 Nov 1957 to 16 Nov 1958, according to some sources, and, according to other sources, was delivered as USNS Dutton to MSTS on 1 Nov 1958.  This photo was therefore taken just before her rebirth, from SS Tuskegee Victory to USNS Dutton.

(A copy of the photograph was provided to this site by the Naval Oceanographic Office on 4/11/2007).
Dutton.

Date and location are unknown but the photo is probably after 1976. Thanks to Edward Alford for the photograph.

In these later photographs, it is obvious that MSC in the 1970s and 1980s had more money for maintenance--or at least for painting--than MSTS in the 1960s and early 1970s.  Railings and hatch covers are nicely detailed in white, and not a single spot of rust is visible.  Perhaps the Navy also finally ran out of WWII surplus lead-based paint and red-lead primer.

Lin Combs comments on this photo here, and Gordon Foster provides another identification here.

Dutton underway, from http://www.briem.photosite.com/Navy/scan0087.html  (dead site). The caption reads: "This is the USNS Dutton, formerly the merchant ship Tuskegee Victory which my father served on at the end of WWII as a member of the ships' Naval Armed Guard." No contact information is given, so I was unable to contact the person who posted the photo.  The photo has an official look to it. Antennae place it before the photos above and below, but after 1972 (see Bowditch photos). 

The story of the WWII Navy Armed Guard is worth reading.  Go here for the veteran's site: http://www.armed-guard.com/index.html .

Dutton underway, from http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4900/ussdutton7df.jpg
Date and location unknown. I have found the photo at numerous locations on the web, so I do not know its origin, but it has the look of an official USN product.

The discussion thread that led me to this photo is interesting, in that it illustrates the fascination that people have for these ships, and the corresponding misinformation about the ships' mission.

Dutton in drydock in Marseilles, France, ca. 1973.

(Courtesy of Kevin O'Hare.)