SS George Ade

SS George Ade was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Indiana writer, newspaper columnist, playwright, and namesake for Purdue University's Ross–Ade Stadium, George Ade.

United States
Name: George Ade
Namesake: George Ade
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American West African Line Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2314
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,024,537[1]
Yard number: 55
Way number: 4
Laid down: 30 June 1944
Launched: 9 August 1944
Completed: 25 August 1944
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Mobile, Mobile, 9 October 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 21 February 1967, withdrawn from fleet, 8 March 1967
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)


George Ade was laid down on 30 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2314, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; and launched on 9 August 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to American West African Line Inc., 18 August 1944. She successfully completed her seatrials on 20 August 1944. While in transit from Key West, Florida, to New York City, she was torpedoed on 12 September 1944, off the coast of North Carolina, by German submarine U-518. Her rudder was damaged but she stayed afloat. After repairs she was allocated to the Parry Navigation Co., Inc. on 18 July 1946, and again on 17 November 1946.[4]

On 17 September 1947, she was allocated to the South Atlantic Steamship Line, for transfer to the Mobile Reserve Fleet, in Mobile, Alabama. She was sold, On 21 February 1967, for $48,259 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, to be scrapped. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 8 March 1967.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "George Ade". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 7 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 7 December 2019.
  • "SS George Ade". Retrieved 7 December 2019.

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