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Kennebec Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, February 1942, as Catwaba, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SO) tanker hull, under
Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 145) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.;
Launched, (date unknown);
Acquired by the Navy, (date unknown);
Commissioned USS Neosho (AO-48), 16 September 1942;
Decommissioned, (date unknown); Laid up in the Reserve Fleet;
Recommissioned, (date unknown);
Decommissioned, (date unknown);
Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown);
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, renamed Catawba;
Sold by MARAD, in 1947, renamed Tascalusa;
renamed Ascalusa in 1963;
Final Disposition, scrapped at Hamburg, Germany, February, 1964.
( See photo below )
Displacement 5,580 t.(lt) 21,077 t.(fl);
Length 501' 5";
Draft 30' 2";
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 134,000 barrels;
Propulsion, geared turbine, single screw, 12,000shp.
There is no DANFS History currently available for Neosho (AO-48) at the Haze Gray & Underway
Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Neosho (AO-48), date and place unknown.
USS Neosho (AO-23). ( Art work by IAN HALL )