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Townsend (AV-18)

Kenneth Whiting Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (C3 hull) at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Contract terminated, 11 August 1945
    Displacement 8,510 t.(lt) 12,610 t.(fl) 14,000 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 22'
    Speed 18.7 kts. Complement
    Officers 113
    Enlisted 964
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    two tw8h 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,675Bbls
    Diesel 760Bbls
    Gasoline 312,475Gals
    one Allis Chalmers steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 500Kw 450V A.C.
    one propeller, 8,500hp

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    Townsend 194k Townsend on the builder's ways at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA., 13 August 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-85977 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    Townsend (AV-18)
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