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DE-716 / APD-132 / LPR-132 Balduck
Crosley Class High-speed Transport: Laid down. 17 June 1944 as (DE-716), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Defore Shipbuilding Co, Bay City MI.; Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction; Launched, 27 October 1944; Commissioned USS Balduck (APD-132), 7 May 1945; Decommissioned, 31 May 1946 at San Diego CA; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Recommissioned, 5 November 1953; Decommissioned, 28 February 1958; Designation changed to Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-132), 1 January 1969; Struck from the Naval Register, 15 July 1975; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 December 1976, for $60,000, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
Specifications: Displacement 1,400 t; Length 306' (oa); Beam 37"; Draft 12' 7" (limiting); Speed 23.6 kts (trial); Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts; Complement 12-15 Officers, 189-192 Enlisted; Troop Capacity 12 Officers, 150 Enlisted; Boats 4 LCVP landing craft; Troop Accoutrements, 6 1/4 ton trucks, 2 1 ton trucks, 4 ammunition carts, 4 pack howitzers, Storage, Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft., General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft., Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft., Armament 1 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, 3 twin 40 mm gun mounts, 6 single 20 mm gun mounts, 2 depth charge tracks; Propulsion, 2 Combustion Engineering "D" Express type boilers, 2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive), 2 shafts, Shaft horsepower 12,000.
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