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USS Sheepscot, AOG-24


Sheepscot: a river in Maine.


Builder: East Coast Shipyard, Bayonne, New Jersey

Length: 220' 6"

Beam: 37'

Draft: 17'

Displacement: 2,270 (fl)

Commissioned: 27 June 1944

Decommissioned: N/A

Disposition: Ran aground and lost on 6 June 1945

Machinery: 720 hp diesel direct drive; single propeller

Top Speed: 10 knots

Complement: 62

Armament: 1 3"/50; 2 x 40mm; 3 x 20mm


History:

The USS Sheepscot (AOG-24) was a Mettawee-Class Navy gasoline tanker that was manned by a Coast Guard crew.  She was originally laid down as Androscoggin under Maritime Commission contract on 15 December 1943 by the East Coast Shipyard, Inc., Bayonne, N.J.; launched on 9 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John J. Gogan; (MC hull 2629) was acquired by the Navy on 13 June 1944; renamed Sheepscot and was commissioned on 27 June 1944, Lt. George A. Wagner, USCGR, in command.

After brief service in the Atlantic, the gasoline tanker was transferred to the Pacific. Sheepscot ran aground and capsized near Iwo Jima on 6 June 1945.  She was damaged beyond repair and was destroyed.  Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 November 1945.


Sources:

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.


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