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Kenneth Whiting Class, U.S. Seaplane Tenders


Photograph of USS Cumberland Sound, a Kenneth Whiting class seaplane tender

Naval Historical Center #NH 55532

Schematic diagram of Kenneth Whiting class seaplane tender

ONI 222


Specifications:


Tonnage
8510 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 492' by 69'6" by 23'2"
150.0m by 21.2m by 7.1m
Maximum speed       16.5 knots
Complement 1077
Armament 2 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
2x2, 2x4 40mm Bofors AA guns
16 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (8500 shp)
2 Foster-Wheeler boilers
Bunkerage 1556 tons fuel oil
312,000 gallons (1,181,000 liters) aviation fuel


The Kenneth Whitings were completed in 1944. They were Maritime Commission C3-Cargo hulls converted to seaplane tenders. As such, they lacked the large superstructure hangars of previous purpose-build seaplane tenders, but these were of little use for servicing the large flying boats that had come to dominate the naval seaplane service.


Units in the Pacific:

Kenneth Whiting

Completed 1944-5-8 (Tacoma)

Hamlin

Completed 1944-6-26 (Tacoma)

St. George

Completed 1944-7-24 (Tacoma)

Cumberland Sound      

Completed 1944-8-21 (Tacoma)


References

DANFS

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)

Worth (2001)



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