USS Hempstead (APA-241)
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Hempstead (APA-241)|
|Namesake:||Hempstead County, Arkansas|
|Builder:||Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon (proposed)|
|Fate:||Construction contract cancelled 27 August 1947|
|Class & type:||Haskell-class attack transport|
|Displacement:||14,800 tons (full load)|
|Length:||455 ft 0 in (138.68 m) overall; 436 ft 6 in (133.05 m) (waterline)|
|Beam:||62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)|
|Draught:||24 ft 0 in (7.32 m) maximum|
|Installed power:||8,500 shaft horsepower (6.35 MW)|
|Propulsion:||Westinghouse turbine, two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one shaft; 1,177 tons fuel oil|
|Boats & landing
|21 or 22 LCVPs, 2 LCM(3)s, 1 or 2 LCP[disambiguation needed](L)s, 1 LCP[disambiguation needed](R)|
|Capacity:||2,900 tons cargo|
|Armament:||1 x 5-inch (127-millimeter) 38-caliber gun
1 quadruple 40 mm antiaircraft gun mount
4 x twin 40 mm gun mounts
10 x 20 mm antiaircraft guns
Hempstead was to have been a Haskell-class attack transport, attack transports differing from conventional transports in being specifically designed to unload their troops and cargo over the side into boats, less efficient for hauling troops and cargo but far more efficient for unloading them in an amphibious landing. The Haskell class was based on a redesigend version of the civilian Victory Ship hull.
Hempstead was excess to requirements after the end of World War II, and the Maritime Commission contract with Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon, for her construction was cancelled on 27 August 1947 before construction began.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.