TRIALSOn 28 May 1942,
builder’s speed trials were conducted on the measured mile off of Rockland, Maine. Nicholas
, flying the Bath Iron Works house flag, attracted much attention this day and achieved 37.1 knots. Among 2,100-tonners, she was regarded throughout her career as a fast ship.
CAMOUFLAGENicholas appeared in four different camouflage schemes
during World War II:
As launched (top row, left), she appeared in a modified Measure 12.
In August 1942 (top row, right), the dappled effect was painted out, leaving a two-tone Measure 18, which was later painted over entirely as Measure 21.
She kept Measure 21 through her refit at Mare Island in December 1943–January 1944 but her hull number was repainted high on the bow abaft the anchor (second row, left).
At Pearl Harbor, the day after she received her Presidential Unit Citation in 1944, Measure 31/24D was applied. In the only known photo taken from off the ship during this time (second row, right), she is moored alongside Fletcher.
Later during her second tour, she was repainted in Measure 14, overall ocean gray, which had taken on a very weathered appearance by 1945 (third row, left).
After the war, before she went into mothballs, she was repainted in overall haze gray, still with small numbers on the bow but in their original position (as shown third row, right, taken in 1949).