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Escambia Class, U.S. Oilers


Photograph of fleet oiler Escambia
Mare Island Shipyard #5595-43. Via NavSource.org

Specifications:

Tonnage 5782 tons light
21,880 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 523'6" by 68' by 30'10"
159.56m by 20.73m by 9.40m
Maximum speed       15 knots
Complement 267
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 3"/50 dual-purpose guns
4x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
4x2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft turboelectric (10,000 shp)
2 boilers
Cargo
140,000 barrels


The Escambias were Maritime Commission T2-SE-A2 tankers built for the Navy as fleet oilers. They differed from the Suamicos chiefly in having somewhat more powerful turboelectric drive: The supply of the less powerful drive used on the Suamicos had become a production bottleneck, but there was excess production capacity at General Electric for the more powerful drive.


Units in the Pacific:

Escambia     

Completed 1943-10-28 (Sausalito)

Kennebago

Completed 1943-12-4 (Sausalito)

Cahaba
Completed 1944-1-14 (Sausalito)
Mascoma
Completed 1944-2-3 (Sausalito)
Sebec
Completed 1944-3-29 (Portland)
Tomahawk     
Completed 1944-4-16 (Portland)
Anacostia
Completed 1945-2-25 (Sausalito)
Caney
Completed 1945-3-25 (Sausalito)

References

DANFS

Navsource.org (accessed 2008-7-4)
Wildenberg (1996)


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