USS Hempstead (APA-241)

For other ships with the same name, see USS Hempstead.
United States
Name: USS Hempstead (APA-241)
Namesake: Hempstead County, Arkansas
Builder: Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon (proposed)
Laid down: Never
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 27 August 1947
General characteristics
Class and type: Haskell-class attack transport
Displacement: 14,800 tons (full load)
Length: 455 ft 0 in (138.68 m) overall; 436 ft 6 in (133.05 m) (waterline)
Beam: 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)
Draught: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m) maximum
Installed power: 8,500 shaft horsepower (6.35 MW)
Propulsion: Westinghouse turbine, two Babcock & Wilcox boilers, one shaft; 1,177 tons fuel oil
Speed: 16.5 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
21 or 22 LCVPs, 2 LCM(3)s, 1 or 2 LCP(L)s, 1 LCP(R)
Capacity: 2,900 tons cargo
Troops: 1,561 troops
Complement: 536
  • 1 × 5-inch (127-millimeter) 38-caliber gun
  • 1 quadruple 40 mm antiaircraft gun mount
  • 4 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
  • 10 × 20 mm antiaircraft guns

The second proposed USS Hempstead (AVP-43) was a United States Navy attack transport that was never laid down.

Hempstead was to have been a Haskell-class attack transport, attack transports differing from conventional transports in being specifically designed to unload their troops and cargo over the side into boats, less efficient for hauling troops and cargo but far more efficient for unloading them in an amphibious landing. The Haskell class was based on a re-desigend version of the civilian Victory Ship hull.

Hempstead was excess to requirements after the end of World War II, and the Maritime Commission contract with Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon, for her construction was cancelled on 27 August 1947 before construction began.


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