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Castor Class, U.S. General Stores Issue Ships


Photograph of Castor-class auxiliary

Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4078-43


Specifications:


Tonnage
13,900 deadweight tons
Dimensions 459' by 63' by 26'
139.9m by 19.2m by 7.9m
Maximum speed       15.5 knots
Complement 315
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 3"/50 AA guns
8 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (6000 shp)
Bunkerage 1982 tons fuel oil

Range

16,200 nautical miles (30,000 km) at 10.5 knots

Cargo capacity 8400 deadweight tons

The Castors were completed from 1941 to the end of the war. They were converted Maritime Commission standard C2-Cargo merchant ships used as floating warehouses in primitive ports.


Units in the Pacific:

Castor       Pearl Harbor
Pollux arrived 1943-8-31


References

DANFS



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