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R2 Class, U.S. Provisions Storeships


Photograph of Hyades-class provisions storeship

National Archives, Seattle Branch, # NY8-2241


Specifications:


Tonnage 7700 tons light
13,893 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 469' by 63' by 27'6"
143.0m by 19.2m by 8.4m
Maximum speed       15.5 knots
Complement 252
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (6000 shp)
2 boilers
Bunkerage1982 tons fuel oil

Range

16,200 nautical miles (30,000 km) at 10.5 knots

Cargo 5000 tons
348,000 cubic feet (9850 cubic meters)


The R2s were Maritime Commission C2 hulls converted for use as civilian refrigerator ships. Unlike Navy provisions storeships, they were arranged to transport the maximum cargo from port to port ("solid pack") rather than the ability to replenish a succession of warships ("optional discharge").  However, a single such refrigerator ship could deliver enough food to feed 90,000 men for 30 days.


Units in the Pacific:

Hyades arrived 1944-9-20
Graffias       arrived 1944-12-1


References

DANFS
Morison (1953)

NavSource.org (accessed 2009-4-22)



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