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Asheville Class, U.S. River Gunboats


Photograph of USS Asheville, river gunboat

National Archive Photo 80-G-1034878. Computer enhanced by author.


Specifications:


Tonnage 1270 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 241'2" by 41'3" by 9'11"
73.51m by 12.57m by 3.02m
Maximum speed       12 knots
Complement 162
60 passengers
Armament 3 4"/50 guns
4 3"/50 AA guns
9 machine guns
Machinery
1-shaft Parsons geared turbine (800 shp)
3 Thornycroft boilers
Bunkerage
420 tons coal
Range
2000 nautical miles

The Ashevilles were completed in 1920-23 for the U.S. Navy’s Yangtze River Patrol. Originally designed to burn coal, they were almost immediately modified to burn fuel oil. They were overhauled in 1930 but remained elderly.


Units in the Pacific:

Asheville       Cavite    
Sunk by gunfire 1942-3-3 south of Java
Tulsa Cavite

References

DANFS

Gogin (2010; accessed 2012-12-3)

NavSource.org (accessed 2007-4-27)



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