SS Carl E. Ladd

SS Carl E. Ladd was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Carl E. Ladd, a researcher and professor in the field of agriculture, and a university administrator. Ladd was the Director of Extension of the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell, and the dean of the colleges of agriculture and home economics at Cornell from 1932-1943.[3]

United States
Name: Carl E. Ladd
Namesake: Carl E. Ladd
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: States Marine Corporation
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2312
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,054,625[1]
Yard number: 53
Way number: 5
Laid down: 19 June 1944
Launched: 26 July 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Carl E. Ladd
Completed: 11 August 1944
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon, 5 October 1948
Status: 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)


Carl E. Ladd was laid down on 19 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2312, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. Carl E. Ladd, the widow of the namesake, and launched on 26 July 1944.[4][1]


She was allocated to States Marine Corporation, 11 August 1944, transferred to the Burns Steamship Company, 10 March 1945, and the American Haw. Steamship Co., 27 February 1947. On 5 October 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Astoria, Oregon.[3]

On 7 June 1954, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain as part of the "Grain Program 1954". She returned to the fleet on 23 June 1954, full of grain. On 7 October 1957, she was withdrawn to unload, she returned empty on 12 October 1957. On 6 July 1967, she was sold, for $51,700 to Universal Salvage and Construction Co., to be scrapped. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 30 September 1967.[3]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Carl E. Ladd". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 6 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 10 April 2019.
  • "SS Carl E. Ladd". Retrieved 10 April 2019.

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