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U.S. Merchant Marine
|Tonnage||7815 deadweight tons
|Dimensions||417'9" by 60' by 27'6"
127.3m by 18.3m by 8.4m
|Maximum speed||14 knots|
||1-shaft geared turbine (4000 shp)
Two Foster-Wheeler boilers
||13,000 nautical miles (24,000 km)
||452,420 cubic feet (12,810 m3)
The C1s were standard Maritime Commission cargo ships. They were the least ambitious of the non-emergency standard types, with limited speed that made them mostly unsuitable as Navy auxiliaries. However, a few C1-Bs were converted to hospital ships.
The C1-M-AV1 subtype was somewhat smaller, had less powerful diesel
machinery yielding less than 12 knots speed, and was intended for use
as coastal shipping. They were based on a Baltic Coaster design and
were intended for use within theater for movement between staging areas
and forward positions. 65 ships of this type were allocated to the Navy
The ships cost about $2.1 million apiece. Production was phased out by 1944 in favor of Liberty Ships.
U.S. Merchant Marine Website (accessed 2008-2-10)
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