USNS Waccamaw (T-AO l09)


USNS Waccamaw (T-AO 109)


Cimmeron/Ashtabula Class Fleet Oiler / Jumboized: Laid down, 28 April 1945. as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2705) at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA; Launched, 20 March 1946; Commissioned USS Waccamaw (AO-109), 25 June 1946; Jumboized, c.1964-65; Decommissioned, 24 February 1975; Placed In-Service with MSC as USNS Waccamaw (T-AO-109), (date unknown); Reclassified as a Oil Transporter (AOT), (date unknown); Placed Out-of-Service, c. 1991; Struck from the Naval Register, 11 October 1991; Title transfer to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA,

Cimmeron/Astabula Specifications: Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl); Length 553'; Beam 75'; Draft 32'; Speed 18kts; Complement 314; Armament one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, four twin 40mm gun mounts, four twin 20mm gun mounts; Capacity 146,000 barrels; Propulsion, geared turbines, twin screws, 30,400hp.

Jumboized Specifications: Displacement 12,840 t.(lt) 33,987 t.(fl); Length 644"; Draft 34' 9".

Source: NavSource Naval History by Gary P. Priolo