SS Augustus Saint-Gaudens

SS Augustus Saint-Gaudens was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a Beaux-Arts sculptor that embodied the ideals of the "American Renaissance", designer of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle, and founder of the "Cornish Colony".

United States
Name: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Namesake: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Black Diamond Steamship Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1549
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,350,923[1]
Yard number: 31
Way number: 3
Laid down: 20 December 1943
Launched: 17 February 1944
Completed: 30 March 1944
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia, 19 May 1946
Status: Sold to Italy, 3 May 1947
Name: Nazareno
Owner: Societe Coop di Navigazione Resp. Ltda., Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 27 May 1947
Fate: Sold, 1948
Owner: Garibaldi Societe Coop di Navigazione Resp. Ltda., Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 1948
Fate: 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)


Augustus Saint-Gaudens was laid down on 20 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1549, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 17 February 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to Black Diamond Steamship Co., on 30 March 1944. On 17 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group, in Lee Hall, Virginia. On 3 May 1947, she was transferred to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her to Societe Coop di Navigazione Resp. Ltda., Genoa, Italy, on 27 May 1947. She was renamed Nazareno. In 1948, she was sold to Garibaldi Societe Coop di Navigazione Resp. Ltda., Genoa. She was scrapped in Spezia, in 1967.[4][5]



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  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Augustus Saint-Gaudens". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • "SS Augustus Saint-Gaudens". Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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