Curtiss Class, U.S. Seaplane Tenders

Photograph of Curtiss-class seaplane tender

Naval Historical Center # NH 55535


Tonnage 13,880 tons standard
Dimensions 527'4" by 69'3" by 22'
160.73m by 21.11m by 6.71m
Maximum speed       20 knots
Complement 1195
Armament 4 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
10x1 0.50 Browning machine guns
2-shaft geared turbine (12,000 shp)
4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
1600 tons fuel oil
267,030 gallons aviation gasoline
Sensors CXAM1 air search radar
1942-1943: 0.50 machine guns replaced with 2x4 40mm Bofors AA guns, 12x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
1944-1945: Added two more quad 40mm mounts

The Curtisses were built for the Navy in 1940 as seaplane tenders. The ships had a large deck area aft of the superstructure, and the rear of the superstructure was a large hangar. They were equipped with a pair of massive cranes for raising flying boats to the deck for repairs.

Curtiss herself was badly damaged at Pearl Harbor by a crippled "Val" that crashed into the ship and by a bomb hit, and she was barely missed by a torpedo from a midget submarine. However, the ship was back in service by early January. She survived the war and remained in service until 1957.

Units in the Pacific:

Curtiss       Pearl Harbor
Arrived 1942-9


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