SS Art Young

SS Art Young was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Art Young, an American cartoonist and writer from Illinois. Young is best known for his socialist cartoons in the left-wing magazine The Masses.[3]

United States
Name: Art Young
Namesake: Art Young
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: A. L. Burbank & Co., Ltd.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2328
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $923,878[1]
Yard number: 69
Way number: 2
Laid down: 5 October 1944
Launched: 13 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs.J.Philo Caldwell
Completed: 22 November 1944
Status: Sold for scrapping, 31 January 1961, withdrawn from the fleet, 26 July 1961
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)


Art Young was laid down on 5 October 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2328, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. J. Philo Caldwell, wife of the chief estimator at JAJCC, and launched on 13 November 1944.[4][1]


She was allocated to A. L. Burbank & Co., Ltd., 22 November 1944. On 15 April 1948, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Wilmington, North Carolina. On 10 May 1952, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Beaumont, Texas.[3]

She was sold for scrapping, 10 August 1971, to Luria Bros. and Co., Inc., for $43,300. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 30 November 1971.[3]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Art Young". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 11 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 11 December 2019.
  • "SS Art Young". Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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