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|Displacement||5400 tons light
16,800 tons fully loaded
|Dimensions||477' by 60' by 29'
145.6m by 18.3m by 8.8m
|Maximum speed||10.5 knots|
4x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
4x2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
||1-shaft Newport News quadruple expansion
reciprocating (2900 shp)
4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
|Bunkerage||11,100 tons fuel oil|
The Patokas were ordered for the Navy by the U.S. Shipping Board in the fall of 1918, when it was thought the First World War would continue for another year. They were completed in 1919-1922. In some ways they were a step backwards from the Kanawhas, being built to roughly the same standards as the best commercial tankers of the time.
They were quite elderly by the start of the war,
and were usually not
for underway replenishment, since their low speed made it impossible for them to keep up with a task force.
en route Oahu from West Coast
(accessed 19 January 2007)
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