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Wright, U.S. Seaplane Tender


Photograph of U.S.S. Wright

National Archives #80-G-463531

Specifications:

Tonnage 8391 tons standard displacement
12,142 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 448' by 58' by 23'4"
136.55m by 17.68m by 7.11m
Maximum speed       15 knots
Complement 288
Armament 25"/38 dual-purpose guns
2 3"/50 AA guns
2 machine guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (3000 shp)
six Babcock and Wilcox boilers
Bunkerage
1060 tons


The Wright was built in 1920 and almost immediately converted by the Navy for use as an airship tender (AZ.) By the start of the Pacific War, rigid airships were much less important in Navy planning and the ship had been converted to a seaplane tender (AV.) When war broke out, she was northwest of Kauai en route to Midway.

References

DANFS

NavSource.org (accessed 2012-3-9)


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