SS Frederick E. Williamson

SS Frederick E. Williamson was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Frederick E. Williamson.

History
United States
Name: Frederick E. Williamson
Namesake: Frederick E. Williamson
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: International Freigting Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 2334
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,248,119[2]
Yard number: 75
Way number: 5
Laid down: 18 November 1944
Launched: 23 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Ruby Harris
Completed: 12 January 1945
Identification:
Fate:
  • Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 5 June 1946
  • Returned to, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, 28 February 1947
  • Transferred to the, James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 6 October 1947
  • Returned to the, James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, 20 October 1951
  • Placed in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, Washington, 2 October 1953
Status:
  • Transferred to US Navy, 8 April 1970
  • Scuttled, May 1970
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

Frederick E. Williamson was laid down on 18 November 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2334, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Ruby Harris, the owner of the Cove Hotel, Panama City, she was launched on 23 December 1944.[1][2]

History

She was allocated to International Freigting Corp., on 12 January 1945. On 5 June 1946, she was laid up in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York. On 29 January 1947, while being withdrawn from the fleet to be delivered to Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc., she was damaged. With estimates of repairs at $70,000 she was returned to the Hudson River Reserve Fleet. After repairs she was charted to Waterman Steamship Corp., 30 August 1947. She was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 6 October 1947. On 20 October 1951, she was charted to American President Lines. She was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, Washington, 2 October 1953. On 8 April 1970, she was transferred to the US Navy for use as a Ammo Disposal Ship. She was scuttled with obsolete ammunition 100 nmi (190 km; 120 mi) off the coast of Tatoosh Island, Washington.[4][5]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Frederick E. Williamson". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  • "SS Frederick E. Williamson". Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  • "SS Frederick E. Williamson". www.Wrecksite.eu. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2019.


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