SS C. Francis Jenkins

SS C. Francis Jenkins was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after C. Francis Jenkins, a pioneer of early cinema and television.

United States
Name: C. Francis Jenkins
Namesake: C. Francis Jenkins
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Agwilines Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2316
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $975,633[1]
Yard number: 57
Way number: 2
Laid down: 20 July 1944
Launched: 26 August 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs.E.S.Gladys Morgan
Completed: 9 September 1944
Status: Sold for commercial use, 16 December 1946, withdrawn from fleet, 12 January 1947
Name: Ionian Leader
Owner: Compania de Navegacion Cristobal de Panama
Status: Scrapped, 1966
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)


C. Francis Jenkins was laid down on 20 July 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2316, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. E. S. Gladys Morgan, wife of resident MARCOM auditor; and launched on 26 August 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to Agwilines Inc., 9 September 1944. On 22 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York.[4]

Allocated to A. L. Burbank and Co., LTD, 16 July 1946. Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 2 December 1946.[4]

She was sold, on 16 December 1946, to Cia de Nav. Cristobal, for commercial use, and renamed Ionian Leader. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 12 January 1947.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "C. Francis Jenkins". 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 C. Francis Jenkins". Retrieved 9 December 2019.

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