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La Salle Class, U.S. Transports

Photograph of La Salle-class transport

U.S. Navy. Via Navsource.org


Specifications:


Tonnage 6,556 tons light
13,910 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 459'2" by 63' by 23'
140.0m by 19.2m by 7.0m
Maximum speed       16.5 knots
Complement 276
Armament 4x1 3"/50 AA guns
12x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (6000 shp)
2 Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers
Bunkerage
1500 tons
Passengers 1575 troops
Cargo 2000 tons
130,000 cubic feet (3680 cubic meters)


The La Salles were Maritime Commission type C2-S-B1 cargo ships converted to small transports. They were originally acquired to transport Seabees to beachheads as soon after an amphibious assault as possible. The ships were rather unsatisfactory, with cramped quarters and inadequate distilling and electrical capacity. They lacked the communications facilities and survivability needed by ships operating in the combat zone. However, assault transports were at such a premium that the ships were "temporarily" equipped with 2 LCM(3) and 6 LCVP. In effect, as one commander noted, they were "operating as ... APA[s] with AP facilities."


Units in the Pacific:

La Salle
Completed 1943-4-6  (San Francisco)
Comet
Completed 1944-2-15 (San Francisco)
War Hawk     
Arrived 1944-4
John Land
Completed 1944-4-8  (San Francisco)
Winged Arrow     
Completed 1944-4-21  (San Francisco)
Herald of the Morning      
Completed 1944-4-22 (Alameda)
Golden City
Completed 1944-5-29 (Oakland)


References

DANFS
Friedman (2002)

NavSource.org



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