SS John W. Griffiths

SS John W. Griffiths was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John W. Griffiths, a naval architect who was influential in his design of clipper ships.

United States
Name: John W. Griffiths
Namesake: John W. Griffiths
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Blidberg & Rothchild Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1548
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,384,690[1]
Yard number: 30
Way number: 5
Laid down: 13 December 1943
Launched: 9 February 1944
Completed: 25 March 1944
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia, 19 May 1946
Status: Sold to Italy, 7 January 1947
Name: Dino
Owner: Corrado Societe di Navigazione, Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 7 January 1947
Fate: Sold, 1963
Name: Imera
Owner: Sicilarma Societe di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 1963
Fate: Scrapped, 1965
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)


John W. Griffiths was laid down on 13 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1548, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 9 February 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to Blidberg & Rothchild Co., Inc., on 25 March 1944. On 19 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group, in Lee Hall, Virginia. On 7 January 1947, she was transferred to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her to Corrado Socite di Navigazione, Genoa, Italy, for $544,506, on 10 January 1947. She was renamed Dino. In 1963, she was sold to Sicilarma Societe di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa, and renamed Imera. She was scrapped in Spezia in 1965.[4][5]

See also



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "John W. Griffiths". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • "SS John W. Griffiths". Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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