SS James H. Kimball

SS James H. Kimball was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after James H. Kimball, the chief meteorologist in the New York Weather Bureau.

History
United States
Name: James H. Kimball
Namesake: James H. Kimball
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2298
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $998,294[1]
Yard number: 39
Way number: 6
Laid down: 7 March 1944
Launched: 22 April 1944
Completed: 16 May 1944
Identification:
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon, 26 November 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 11 April 1947
Panama
Name: Azuero
Namesake: Azuero
Owner: Azuero Cia. Nav., Panama
Operator: Embiricos Ltd., London
Acquired: 11 April 1947
Fate: Ran aground and broke in two, 24 December 1968
Status: Total loss
General characteristics [2]
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:
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)
Complement:
Armament:

Construction

James H. Kimball was laid down on 7 March 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2298, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 22 April 1944.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to American Export Lines, Inc., on 16 May 1944. On 26 November 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Astoria, Oregon. On 11 April 1947, she was sold to Azuero Cia. Nav., for commercial service. On 24 December 1968, she ran aground in River Gironde, after she had engine trouble. She later broke in two and was declared a total loss.[4][5]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "James H. Kimball". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • "SS James H. Kimball". Retrieved 12 December 2017.


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