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Aldebaran Class, U.S. Provisions Storeships


Photograph of Aldebaran-class provisions storeship

National Archives, Seattle Branch


Specifications:


Tonnage

13,850 tons

Dimensions

459' by 63' by 26'
139.9m by 19.2m by 7.9m

Maximum speed      

16.6 knots

Complement

283

Armament

1 5"/38 dual purpose gun
4 3"/50 AA gun
10 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (6000 shp)
2 boilers
Bunkerage1982 tons fuel oil

Range

16,200 miles at 10 knots

Cargo

5443 tons

The Aldebarans were Maritime Commission standard C2-Cargo hulls converted to use as provisions storeships. These had refrigerated cargo spaces suitable for carrying all manner of fresh food for underway replenishment of the combat Fleet.


Units in the Pacific:

Aldebaran    
San Francisco
Jupiter     
Completed 1942-8-22 (San Diego)


References

CombinedFleet.com

DANFS

NavSource.org (accessed 2007-3-30)


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