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President Class, U.S. Transports


Photograph of transport General Jackson

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 97886

Schematic diagram of President class transport

ONI 222


Specifications:


Tonnage 16,720 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 491'10" by 69'6" by 26'6"
149.91m by 21.18m by 8.08m
Maximum speed       18 knots
Complement 618
Armament 1 5"/51 gun
4 3"/50 AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (8500 shp)
2 Foster-Wheeler boilers
Passengers 2500
Modifications
Light antiaircraft upgraded to 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns, 10 20mm Oerlikon AA guns,


The Presidents were completed from 1941 to the end of the war. They were Maritime Commission standard C3-P&C passenger and cargo ships converted to troop transports, which made for reasonable accomodations for the troops. They were capable of carrying up to 32 LCVPs and 2 LCM(3) to get the troops ashore. (These landing craft would not have been available early in the war.)


Units in the Pacific:

President Madison

Manila

Willard A. Holbrook      

With Pensacola Convoy en route to Philippines

President Polk

San Francisco

Thomas Jefferson

Portland

President Adams Arrived 1942-1
President Hayes Arrived 1942-1-13
President Jackson Arrived 1942-1-16 (San Diego)
President Monroe Arrived 1943-7-18 (San Francisco)


References

DANFS

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)



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