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CHAUMONT the Ugly Chitlin

February 2 2012 at 10:52 AM
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> Not only was CHAUMONT ugly but apparently not popular.... > and what else needs to be said?

Indeed the very point I attempted to make--and obviously failed--in trying to persuade another poster in this forum of that reality last October, in ruling out a photograph purportedly of the Timor convoy escorted by USS Houston. He continues to think the vessel in question is USAT Willard A. Holbrook, one of the 535 Class I discussed coincidentally (with Keith Allen) just last week, a class that is as well known and identifiable as is the yewgly Hog Islander. Telling the vessels of these two classes apart is as EZ as apple pie. To wit:

The 535 Class (EFC Design 1029) has a flush main deck, with the sizable funnel located about halfway between the front of the bridge superstructure and the rear of the main superstructure (and seen at a distance, the superstructure appears as one, with the stack halfway).

The 448-foot Hog Islander (EFC Design 1024) has a straight-up-and-down stem and stern, with a sunken well deck fore and aft of the center superstructure, leaving a great ungainly lump on each end of the vessel. The funnel is somewhat forward horizontally of the vertical centerline through the superstructure. The result is a nearly symmetrical vessel seen from either side, and if it weren't for that stack--on the slender side proportionally--you couldn't tell if the ugly ol' gal was coming or going.

The upshot of course is the presence of a Hog Islander in the convoy--and at that early stage she HAD to be Chaumont (AP 5)--rules out said convoy as the one heading to or from Timor. And so the escort had to be Pensacola (CA 24) not Houston (CA 30). QED.

Just maybe that observer had the sun in his eyes? Perhaps I should send him a discount chit for a vision exam? Only trying to be helpful here.


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