SS Frank Flowers

SS Frank Flowers was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Frank Flowers, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, he served aboard Leviathan, in the supply department, during WWI, and later served as steward and purser with the United States Lines.[4]

History
United States
Name: Frank Flowers
Namesake: Frank Flowers
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 3141
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $841,060[2]
Yard number: 101
Way number: 5
Laid down: 9 May 1945
Launched: 22 June 1945
Completed: 16 July 1945
Identification:
Fate:
Status: Sold for scrapping, 15 July 1974, removed from fleet, 5 August 1974
General characteristics [3]
Class and type:
Tonnage:
Displacement:
Length:
  • 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)
Propulsion:
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity: 490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)
Complement:
Armament:

Construction

Frank Flowers was laid down on 9 May 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 3141, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 22 June 1945.[1][2]

History

She was allocated to American Export Lines, Inc., on 16 July 1945. On 26 October 1945, she was laid up in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 26 October 1945. On 21 August 1953, she was placed in the, Beaumont Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas. She was sold for scrapping, 15 July 1974, to Luria Brothers and Co., Inc., for $191,889.98. She was removed from the fleet, 5 August 1974.[5]


References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Frank Flowers". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • "SS Frank Flowers". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • "THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE NAMES". Armed-guard.com. Retrieved 13 December 2019.


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