SS John Bascom
SS John Bascom was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John Bascom, a professor of rhetoric at Williams College from 1855 to 1874, and the president of the University of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1887.
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc.|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1521|
|Builder:||J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida|
|Laid down:||7 September 1942|
|Launched:||31 March 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Harry G. Fannin|
|Completed:||30 April 1943|
|Fate:||Sunk off Bari, Italy, 2 December 1943|
|Status:||Sold for scrapping, 20 February 1948|
|Class and type:||
|Beam:||57 feet (17 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
John Bascom was laid down on 7 September 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1521, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. Harry G. Fannin, the wife of the mayor of Panama City, she was launched on 31 March 1943.
She was allocated to Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc., on 30 April 1943. On 2 December 1943, she was sunk during the German air raid on Bari, Italy. On 20 February 1948, she was sold, along with 39 other vessels, including her sister ships SS Isaac Shelby and SS Niels Poulson, for $520,000, to Venturi Salvaggi Ricuperi Imprese Marittime Societa per Azioni, Genoa.
- "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- Maritime Administration. "John Bascom". 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 20 November 2017.
- "SS John Bascom". Retrieved 11 December 2019.