Pasig Class, U.S. Distilling Ships

Photograph of Pasig-class distilling ship

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 83896


Tonnage 6640 tons light
23,350 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 523'6" by 68' by 30'10"
159.56m by 20.73m by 9.40m
Maximum speed       14 knots
Complement 265
Armament 15"/38 dual-purpose guns
4 40mm Bofors AA guns
Bunkerage 740 tons fuel oil
Range 4500 nautical miles (8300  km) at 20 knots

The Pasigs were Maritime Commission T2-SE-A2 tankers converted to distilling ships in 1944. They could produce 120,000 gallons of fresh water per day, but often obtained fresh water from natural sources to save fuel. (Distillation is a very energy-intensive process.)

Units in the Pacific:


Completed 1944-4-18 (Sausalito)


Completed 1944-12-11 (Sausalito)



Morison (1959)

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