SS Alexander E. Brown

SS Alexander E. Brown was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Alexander E. Brown.

United States
Name: Alexander E. Brown
Namesake: Alexander E. Brown
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: South Atlantic Steamship Lines Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2321
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $946,063[1]
Yard number: 62
Way number: 1
Laid down: 18 August 1944
Launched: 28 September 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Robert Jones Sister
Completed: 13 October 1944
Fate: Laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 5 June 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 23 December 1946, withdrawn from fleet, 27 December 1946
Name: Michalakis
  • Nicholas Eustathiou (1946–1958)
  • Memphis Maritime Co. (1958–1963)
Operator: Compania de Navegacion Phoceana de Panama
Status: Sold, 1963
Name: Georgakis
Owner: P. Wigham Richardson & Co.
Operator: Nimor Corporation
Status: Sold, 1965
Name: Humboldt
Owner: Consorcio Naviero
Operator: Compania de Navegacion Limar de Panama
Status: Sold, 1967
Name: Humboldt
Owner: Transmar S.A.
Operator: Compania de Navegacion Limar de Panama
Status: Scrapped, 1967
General characteristics [2]
Class and type:
  • 441 feet 6 inches (135 m) oa
  • 416 feet (127 m) pp
  • 427 feet (130 m) lwl
Beam: 57 feet (17 m)
Draft: 27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)
Installed power:
  • 2 × Oil fired 450 °F (232 °C) boilers, operating at 220 psi (1,500 kPa)
  • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)


Alexander E. Brown was laid down on 18 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2321, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Robert Jones Sister, sister-in-law of Raymond A. Jones, vice president and general manager, JAJCC, and launched on 28 September 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to South Atlantic Steamship Lines Inc., 13 October 1944. On 5 June 1946, she was laid up in the n James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 5 June 1946.[4]

She was sold, on 23 December 1946, to Nicholas Eustathiou, for $565,691.07 and commercial use. She was flagged in Greece and renamed Michalakis. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 27 December 1946.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Alexander E. Brown". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 9 December 2019. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  • "SS Alexander E. Brown". Retrieved 9 December 2019.

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