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William Ward Burrows, U.S. Transport


Photograph of transport William Ward Burrows

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 102884


Specifications:


Tonnage 4751 tons light
8450 tons fully loaded
Dimensions
386' by 53' by 23'
117.7m by 16.2m by 7.0m
Maximum speed       12.5 knots
Complement 178
Armament 4 3"/50 AA guns
9 machine guns
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (3460 shp)
Bunkerage 800 tons fuel oil
Range 4500 nm (7200km) at 20 knots
Passsengers
1340
Modifications
Light antiaircraft eventually upgraded to 8 20mm Oerlikon AA guns.


The William Ward Burrows was a former Grace Line ship, Santa Rita, taken into the Navy in 1940 as a troop transport. When war broke out, she was two days west of International Date Line en route to Wake, carrying 33 Marines, 60 sailors, 55 civilians, and 1819 tons of cargo, and towing a barge (which reduced her speed to 8.5 knots).


References

DANFS

Lundstrom (2006)

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)



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