graduate

McCawley Class, U.S. Transports


Photograph of USS McCawley

Naval Historical Center #NH 97721


Specifications:


Tonnage 9600 tons displacement
Dimensions 486'6" by 63'6" by 25'6"
148.3m by 19.4m by 7.8m
Maximum speed       15 knots
Complement 304
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 3"/50 dual-purpose guns
18 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
Sulzer diesel
Passengers
1350
Modifications
Barnett received replaced her 5" gun with 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns in 1943.


The McCawleys were Grace liners completed in 1928 in British shipyards and acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1940. Each could carry just 20 small landing craft, which required that the troops be landed in three or four waves.

McCawley was selected by Turner as his flagship for the Guadalcanal campaign. This was an unusual move at the time, but prefigured the use of amphibious command ships in landing operations.


Units in the Pacific:

McCawley     
arrived 1942-4     
Sunk by aircraft 1943-6-30 off New Georgia
Barnett
arrived 1942-4


References

DANFS

NavSource.org (accessed 2007-7-7)



Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional