|USS Sheepscot (AOG-24)|
as Androscoggin, |
T1-M-A2 tanker hull, MC hull 2629
|Laid down:||15 December 1943|
|Launched:||9 April 1944|
|Acquired:||13 June 1944|
|Commissioned:||27 June 1944|
|Struck:||1 November 1945|
|Fate:||capsized off Iwo Jima, 6 June 1945|
|Displacement:||846 tons(lt) 2,270 tons(fl)|
|Length:||220 ft 6 in|
|Propulsion:||Diesel direct drive, single screw, 720 hp|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h)|
|Capacity:||1,228 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
|Armament:||one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40 mm guns, three single 20 mm gun mounts|
USS Sheepscot (AOG-24) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of transporting gasoline to warships in the fleet, and to remote Navy stations. Sheepscot, as Androscoggin, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract on 15 December 1943 by the East Coast Shipyard, Inc., Bayonne, New Jersey; launched on 9 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John J. Gogan; (MC hull 2629) was acquired by the Navy on 13 June 1944; and commissioned on 27 June 1944, Lt. George A. Wagner, USCGR, in command.
World War II service
After brief service in the Atlantic Ocean, the gasoline tanker was transferred to the Pacific Ocean.
Capsized near Iwo Jima
Military awards and honors
Sheepscot’s crew was eligible for the following:
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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