SS Duncan U. Fletcher

SS Duncan U. Fletcher was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Duncan U. Fletcher, the 21st and 25th Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, and later the longest serving United States Senator in Florida's history.

United States
Name: Duncan U. Fletcher
Namesake: Duncan U. Fletcher
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1529
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,807,972[1]
Yard number: 11
Way number: 5
Laid down: 3 May 1943
Launched: 10 August 1943
Completed: 27 August 1943
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 11 October 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 3 March 1947
Name: Pericles
Namesake: Pericles
Acquired: 3 March 1947
Fate: Wrecked, 1966
Status: Scrapped
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)


Duncan U. Fletcher was laid down on 3 May 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1529, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 10 August 1943.[3][1]


She was allocated to Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Inc., on 27 August 1943. On 23 April 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 3 April 1947, she was sold for $544,506 to Ionian Steamship Co., Ltd., for commercial use and renamed Pericles. She was wrecked in 1966, and later scrapped.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Duncan U. Fletcher". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  • "SS Duncan U. Fletcher". Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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