I continued to research the subject and looking at the pictures. It looks like the Chicago while
being towed the stern has taken on water and has started to tilt. Then I looked at the photos and the tail of the planes on the Chicago's
catapaults appear to be 2 SOC seagulls.
Having done some research and it seems that the Larkins book Battleship and cruiser aircraft of the USN 1910 -1949 is key souce on this subject.
This book in chapter 5 lists aircraft assignments to Battleships and cruisers .In the beginning of it. It quotes 2 statements by the navy . The first once covers Monthly status of Naval aircraft reports for 1929 to 1940."As Bureau records depend upon recipt of reports from the various aviation
activities ,some of which are several weeks in transit,and as aircraft,which have been wrecked,lost or worn out of service,are included
until officially stricken from the Navy list ,it is impossible to show the actual status of aircraft on aircraft on any given date. Also"Since the Bureau records are changing constantly and other reports not prepared at the same time, proabley will not agree with this report"
Moving forward to 1943.
"The quantities of aircraft shown in this section are taken from the latest of reports available
to the Bureau of Aeronautics at the end of the month. Quantities by orgainzation or squadron will not correspond,in all cases ,with the assignment shown in the distribution sheets in the first part
of this publication .These latter figures are the
record of official serial number custody and do not reflect the current movement of planes in the pools."So then I researched the Chicago CA-29 record.
The Chicago was assigned to the Pacific fleet and in Feb,1942 was assigned to the South Pacific and worked with Austrailian Navy.She was at Guadalcanal and fought in the Battle of Salvo Island. Damaged she went Noumea New Calenodia,then
Sydney Austrailia and finally Mare Island Navy Yard in San Francisco for repairs . Arriving on October 13,1942. Staying until early January 1943.
Then she sailed for the South Pacific again and was sunk because of 2 air raids .
OK This book has 2 lists which shows assigned planes and for the first delievery Seamews and to what ships they went. The Chicago got 3 Seamews on 10/19/42 to replace her Seagulls while she was in San Francisco. The assignment is 2 months by 12/19/42 they could have transfered out but 12/12/42 the Chicago recieved a 4th Seamew.
So what I'm saying based on the quoted above
and the photos shown that the Chicago had a SOC Seagull and out of sight of the photographer
a SO3C Seamew. HTH