Chicopee-class oiler

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USS Chicopee (AO-34) underway in the Mediterranean Sea en route to Casablanca, Morocco, 2 June 1944
USS Chicopee (AO-34) underway in the Mediterranean en route to Casablanca, Morocco, 2 June 1944
Class overview
Name: Chicopee
Builders:
Preceded by: Cimarron-class oiler
Succeeded by: Kennebec-class oiler
In commission: 9 January 1942 - 11 March 1946
Completed: 2
Lost: 0
General characteristics
Type: oiler
Length: 520 ft (160 m)[1]
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)[1]
Draft: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)[1]
Propulsion:
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)[2]
Capacity: 131,600 bbl (~17,950 t)[2]
Complement: 279[2]
Armament:

The Chicopee-class oilers were oilers operated by the United States Navy during World War II. There were two ships of the class, and both survived the war.

Description[edit]

The class consisted of two petroleum tankers that had been ordered by Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and were acquired by the U.S. Navy in early 1942. Chicopee (AO-34), the former Esso Trenton,[3] was acquired by the U.S. Navy shortly after launching, while Housatonic (AO-35), the former Esso Albany,[4] was acquired after making two voyages for Standard Oil.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The Chicopee oilers both operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean areas from commissioning through late 1944, when they both were assigned to the Pacific theater.[1][3]

Both ships were returned to Standard Oil at decommissioning, and both were later converted to container ships.[2][4] The extant portions of the hull of the ex-Chicopee, were scrapped in 1963,[2] while the ex-Housatonic was scrapped some time after 1989.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Housatonic". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Navy. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Priolo, Gary P. (2007-11-16). "AO-34 Chicopee". NavSource Online. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Chicopee". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Navy. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  4. ^ a b c Priolo, Gary P. (2007-11-16). "AO-35 Housatonic". NavSource Online. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.