From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

A sound off the coast of New Jersey.

Construction of Townsend (AV-18) - a Kenneth Whiting-class seaplane tender - was originally assigned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard but was cancelled on 14 November 1944. A contract for building the ship was awarded to the Todd Pacific Shipyard, Tacoma, Wash., on 1 December 1944; and her keel was laid down on 30 June 1945. However, the contract was terminated on 11 August 1945.