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Chaumont Class, U.S. Transports


Naval Historical Center # NH 55090


Specifications:


Tonnage 8300 tons standard
Dimensions 449' by 58' by 24'
136.86m by 17.68m by 7.32m
Maximum speed       14 knots
Complement 286
Armament 4 3"/50 AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (6000 shp)
6 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
Passengers 1250 nominal. Such ships were often operated at 150% capacity in practice.

The Chaumonts were completed for the Navy in 1921 as Hogg Island Type B troop transports, in which role they served throughout the 1920s and 1930s. They were capable of transporting at least a Marine regiment. The ships were notoriously unstable, limiting the amount of antiaircraft armament they could ship. As a result, they were converted to hospital ships.

Units in the Pacific:

Chaumont     
Pensacola Convoy Converted to hospital ship Samaritan 1943-8 to 1944-3-1 (San Francisco)
St. Mihiel     
En route to Alaska from the the U.S. West Coast     
Turned over to the Army for use as a hospital ship 1943-10


References

DANFS

Friedman (2002)

Morison (1948)



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