Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 109. Not illustrated. Chapters: Type T3-S-A1 Tankers, Type T3-S-B Tankers, Type T3-S2-A Tankers, Uss Sangamon, Uss Suwannee, Uss Santee, Uss Chenango, Ss Pan-Pennsylvania, Ss Esso New Orleans, Ss Shabonee, Ss Esso Columbia, Ss Esso Richmond, Ss Esso Annapolis, Ss Esso Raleigh, Ss Esso Trenton, Ss Samoset, Ss Sachem, Ss Esso Albany, Ss Marquette, Ss Citadel, Ss Markay, Ss Seakay. Excerpt: USS Sangamon (CVE-26) was an escort carrier converted from an oiler, the second ship to carry her name. She was one of 12 Cimarron class oilers built on a joint Navy-Maritime Commission design later duplicated by the T3-S2-A1 type. Sangamon was laid down as Esso Trenton (MC hull 7) on 13 March 1939 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey; launched on 4 November 1939, sponsored by Mrs. Clara Esselborn; operated by Standard Oil of New Jersey on runs from gulf coast ports to the east coast; and acquired by the United States Navy on 22 October 1940. Renamed Sangamon and designated a fleet oiler, AO-28, she was commissioned on 23 October 1940, with Commander J. H. Duncan in command. After service off the west coast and in Hawaiian waters, Sangamon shifted to the Atlantic Fleet in the spring of 1941, and through the Neutrality Patrol period, carried fuel from the gulf coast oil ports to bases on the east coast, in Canada, and in Iceland. On 7 December 1941, when the U.S. entered World War II, she was at Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland, offloading her liquid cargo. Within the week, she started south again to renew her schedule on a tighter time frame. In early 1942, she was designated for conversion to an auxiliary aircraft carrier. On 11 February, she arrived in Hampton Roads. Three days later, she was reclassified AVG-26; and on 25 February, she was decommissioned and conversion was begun at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Dur...
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