SS Betty Zane

SS Betty Zane (MC contract 873) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Betty Zane, a frontier heroine of the American Revolutionary War and ancestor of author Zane Grey.

United States
Name: Betty Zane
Namesake: Betty Zane
Builder: North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, North Carolina
Yard number: 51
Way number: 6
Laid down: 20 November 1942
Launched: 22 December 1942
Renamed: Anastassios Pateras
Fate: scrapped 1968
General characteristics
Type: Liberty ship
Tonnage: 7,000 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draft: 27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)
  • Two oil-fired boilers
  • Triple expansion steam engine
  • Single screw
  • 2,500 hp (1,864 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 9,140 tons cargo
Complement: 41

The ship was laid down by North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in their Cape Fear River yard on November 20, 1942, then launched on December 22, 1942.[1] Zane was operated by the States Marine Corporation for the War Shipping Administration until December 1946 when she entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Wilmington, North Carolina.[2]

In November 1943 while in the Mediterranean Sea she was attacked by numerous German aircraft, downing a JU-88.[3] Zane was sold to a Greek firm in December 1946 and renamed Anastassios Pateras. She was scrapped in 1968[4]


  1. "North Carolina Shipbuilding". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  2. "Betty Zane". MARAD Vessel History Database. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. "With the Men and Women in the Service" (PDF). Metuchen Recorder. Metuchen, NJ. July 27, 1944. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  4. "Betty Zane". MARAD Vessel History Database. Retrieved 2019-01-06.

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