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Heywood Class, U.S. Transports


Photograph of Heywood-class transport

National Archives #19-N-25919

Schematic diagram of Heywood class transport

ONI 222


Specifications:


Tonnage
7,630 tons light displacement
16,400 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 507' by 56' by 29'9"
154.5m by 17.1m by 9.1m
Maximum speed      16.5 knots
Complement 360
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4x1 3"/50 dual-purpose guns
8 0.50 machine guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (9500 shp)
4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
Bunkerage
1810 tons
Passengers
1,278
Cargo
150,000 cubic feet (4250 cubic meters) or 2900 tons


The Heywoods were 11,800-ton freighters completed shortly after the First World War for the United States Shipping Board. They were purchased by Baltimore Mail Line in 1931 and converted to passenger ships. Their hulls were lengthened and they were given more powerful machinery that increased their speed to better than 16 knots.

The ships were taken over by the Navy in late 1940 for use as troop transports and equipped with four sets of triple davits and fourteen landing craft.

Units in the Pacific

George F. Elliott     
Arrived 1942-5     
Sunk by aircraft 1942-8-8 off Guadalcanal
Heywood
Arrived 1942-5

Fuller
Arrived 1942-5

William P. Biddle
Arrived 1943-1-3     


References

DANFS

Friedman (2002)

NavSource.org (accessed 2008-3-1)

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)



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