The drawing for Measure 32 Design 8Ax for the Kenneth Whiting
class seaplane tenders modified from C3 maritime type hull; the original was dated April 7, 1944. The vertical colors were: dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L). This pattern is very much like the Fletcher
class 9D pattern and consists of a wedge of ocean gray and black centered in the middle of the hull at the bridge flanked by false perspective “stairs” with dark sets to the left and light sets to the right.
This is the only version of Design 8Ax that has been found.
Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-172989 and 80-G-172990.