SS Bjarne A. Lia

SS Bjarne A. Lia was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Bjarne A. Lia.

United States
Name: Bjarne A. Lia
Namesake: Bjarne A. Lia
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Moore-McCormack Lines Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2332
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $950,315[1]
Yard number: 73
Way number: 6
Laid down: 31 October 1944
Launched: 30 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Bjarne A. Lia
Completed: 12 December 1944
Fate: Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 6 April 1948
Status: Sold for commercial use, 24 May 1949, withdrawn from fleet, 27 May 1949
United States
Name: Frederic C. Collin
Owner: Drytrans Inc.
Status: Sold, 1958
Name: Penn Trader
Owner: Bulkcargo Shipping Corp.
Operator: Penn Shipping Co.
Status: Sold, 1964
United States
Name: Hanover
Owner: Pan American Tankers Corp.
Operator: George T. Bates & Co.
Status: Sold, 1966
Name: Santa Sofia
Owner: Santa Sofia Cia Armadora, Panama
Status: Sold, 1966
Name: Sigalpha
Owner: Ocean Transport Co.
Operator: Neris Carbon and Oil Corp.
Status: Sold, 1967
Name: Sigalpha
Owner: Coast Navigation Inc.
Operator: Hugo Neu Corp
Status: Sold for scrapping, 1968
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)


Bjarne A. Lia was laid down on 31 October 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2332, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Bjarne A. Lia, widow of the namesake, and launched on 30 November 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to the Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc., 14 December 1944.[4]

After a series of sales and name changes she was returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) on 23 December 1963, under an exchange program, and placed in the James River Reserve Fleet, in Lee Hall, Virginia. She was sold for scrapping, 22 February 1972, to Eckhardt and Co., for $62,222. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 27 March 1972.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Bjarne A. Lia". 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 Bjarne A. Lia". Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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