Casco Class 311
The Casco Class vessels were built as sea plane tenders by the USN. They were designed to operate out of small harbors and a tolls and had a shallow draft. The fact that the class were very seaworthy with good habitability and that the diesel plant gave it good range made this class well suited for ocean-station duty.
A number of changes were madeto these ships to better suit them for OS duty. A balloon shelterwas added aft, there were spacesdevoted to oceanographic equipment, and a hydrographic winch was added.
Displacement (tons) 1791 (light)
Length 311’7″ (oa)
Beam 41′ (max)
4 Fairbanks Morse 1600 hp coupled to twin screws through reduction gears
Max sustained speed 17 knots (11,000 miles)
Ecconomic speed 10 knots (209,000 miles)
Fuel oil 170,000 gallons
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