SS Charles D. Walcott

SS Charles D. Walcott was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Charles D. Walcott, an American geologist, paleontologist, and government administrator. Walcott served as the Director of the US Geological Survey from 1894-1907, and as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1907-1921.[3]

United States
Name: Charles D. Walcott
Namesake: Charles D. Walcott
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2327
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $940,965[1]
Yard number: 68
Way number: 1
Laid down: 29 September 1944
Launched: 7 November 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Eva Pearl Parker
Completed: 18 November 1944
Fate: Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 30 December 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 31 January 1961, withdrawn from the fleet, 26 July 1961
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)


Charles D. Walcott was laid down on 29 September 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2327, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Miss Eva Pearl Parker, a yard employee in the fabrication shop, and launched on 7 November 1944.[4][1]


She was allocated to American Export Lines Inc., 13 November 1944. On 30 December 1947, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Wilmington, North Carolina.[3]

She was sold for scrapping, 31 January 1961, to Commercial Metals Co., for $46,588.18. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 26 July 1961.[3]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Charles D. Walcott". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 10 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 December 2019.
  • "SS Charles D. Walcott". Retrieved 10 December 2019.

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