SS David C. Reid

SS David C. Reid was an American molasses tanker that sank on 14 October 1928. Her last known position was given in an SOS as 37°N 38°W, or just west of the Azores.

Name: SS David C. Reid
Owner: John Jay Shipping Co.[1]
Builder: Merchant Shipbuilding Corp[2]
Launched: 12 May 1918.[3]
Fate: Missing 14 October 1928
General characteristics
Class and type: Tanker[2]
Tonnage: 5,700[2]
Displacement: 9,300[2]
Length: 400 feet[1]
Beam: 54 feet[1]
Depth: 31 feet[1]
Installed power: Two Westinghouse steam turbines[1]
Propulsion: Single Screw[1]
Speed: 10.5 knots[2]
Notes: Ordered as "Winterleaf" by the British Admiralty as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Taken over by the US and delivered as "Sliverbrook".[4] Name changed to "David C. Reid in 1928.[2]


The David C. Reid's radio operator, J. Maurice Black, is honored on the Wireless Operator's Monument in Battery Park, New York City. Strangely, the entry lists the location as "South Atlantic".[5]


The American Meteorological Society's Monthly Weather Review for October 1928 noted that David C. Reid was not far from a tropical storm at the time she disappeared.[6]


  1. "TheShipsList-L (Correspondence)". 7 September 2000. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  2. "Merchant Shipbuilding Corp., Chester PA". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  3. "SS David C. Reid (2217911)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  4. "RFA Winterleaf". Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  5. "Veteran Wireless Association 2005 Yearbook" (PDF). April 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
  6. "Monthly Weather Review, Volume 56, Issue 10 (October 1928)" (PDF). 1928. Retrieved 2 January 2008.

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