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General G. O. Squier Class, U.S. Transports


Photograph of General G.O.Squier-class transport

U.S. Navy # 1496-44.

Schematic diagram of General G.O. Squier class transport

ONI 222


Specifications:


Tonnage 9950 tons light displacement
17,250 tons full displacement
Dimensions 522'10" by 71'9" by 30'
159.36m by 21.87m by 9.14m
Maximum speed       17 knots
Complement 356
Armament 4 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
4x2 1.1"/75 AA guns
16 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (9000 shp)
2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
Bunkerage 2000 tons fuel oil
Range
12,000 nautical miles
22,000 km
Passengers 3800
Cargo
1900 tons
70,000 cubic feet (2000 m3)
Modifications
Light antiaircraft upgraded to 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns, 15x2 20mm guns


The General Squiers were completed from 1943-1945 as troop transports based on Maritime Commission standard C4-S-A1 hulls. Consideration was given to fitting them out as attack transports, but they lacked the stability to carry more than 10 LCVPs or the space for the accompanying troops and supplies. They were therefore employed as point-to-point troop ships operated by the Navy according to Army schedules.

The ships cost about $10.4 million apiece.


Units in the Pacific:

General G.A.Squier completed 1943-10-2 (Richmond)
General J.R.Brooke completed 1944-1-20 (San Francisco)
General R.L.Howse completed 1944-2-7 (San Francisco)
General T.H.Bliss completed 1944-2-24 (Richmond)
General W.M.Black completed 1944-2-24 (San Francisco)
General H.L.Scott completed 1944-4-3 (Richmond)
General Harry Taylor completed 1944-5-8 (Richmond
General W.F.Hase completed 1944-6-6 (Richmond)
General C.G.Morton completed 1944-7-7 (Richmond)
General R.E. Callen completed 1944-7-7 (Richmond)
General S.D.Sturgis completed 1944-7-10 (Portland)
General O.H.Ernst completed 1944-7-15 (Richmond)
General E.T.Collins completed 1944-7-20 (Richmond)
General M.L.Hersey completed 1944-7-29 (Richmond)
General J.H.McRae completed 1944-8-8 (Richmond)
General M.M.Patrick completed 1944-9-4 (San Francisco)
General W.C. Langfitt completed 1944-9-30 (Richmond)
General Omar Bundy completed 1945-1-6 (Richmond)
General R.M.Blatchford       completed 1945-1-26 (Richmond)
General LeRoy Eltinge completed 1945-2-21 (Richmond)
General M.B.Stewart completed 1945-3-3 (Richmond)
General A.W.Greely completed 1945-3-22 (Richmond)
General H.F.Hodges completed 1945-4-6 (Richmond
General C.H.Muir completed 1945-4-12 (Richmond)
General H.B.Freeman completed 1945-4-26 (Portland)


References

DANFS

Friedman (2002)

NavSource.org (accessed 2012-8-22)



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