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National Archives. Via Wildenberg (1996)
|Tonnage||5400 tons light displacement
21,750 tons fully loaded
|Dimensions||520' by 68' by 30'6"
158.50m by 20.73m by 9.30m
|Maximum speed||17 knots|
4 3"/50 AA guns
8 40mm Bofors AA guns
8 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
||1-shaft geared turbine (12,000
The Mattaponis were Maritime Commission standard T2-A-MC-K tankers completed for Keystone Tankship Corporation with Navy subsidies for the higher speed that would be needed for fleet oilers in time of war. All were acquired by the Navy at or shortly after completion. They closely resembled the Kennebecs but were slightly larger. This proved advantageous in that they had room for standard boilers capable of producing steam for 12,000 shp, whereas the Kenenbecs had to have special boilers constructed.
None were lost in the Pacific.
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