SS Josephine Shaw Lowell

SS Josephine Shaw Lowell was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Josephine Shaw Lowell, a Nineteenth century Progressive Reform leader and creator of the National Consumers League.

United States
Name: Josephine Shaw Lowell
Namesake: Josephine Shaw Lowell
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Luckenbach Steamship Co., Ltd.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2296
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $982,965[1]
Yard number: 37
Way number: 3
Laid down: 19 February 1944
Launched: 4 April 1944
Completed: 3 May 1944
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 31 May 1946
Status: Sold to Italy, 15 January 1947
Name: Albaro
Owner: Societe Italiana di Navigazione, Albaro, Genoa, Italy
Acquired: 22 January 1947
Fate: Sold, 1963
Name: Aigaion
Namesake: Aegean Sea
Owner: Aegean Cia. Nav., Panama
Operator: Phoenix Maritime Agencies, New York
Acquired: 1963
Fate: Scrapped, 1968
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)


Josephine Shaw Lowell was laid down on 19 February 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2296, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 4 April 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to Luckenbach Steamship Co., Ltd., on 3 May 1944. On 31 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the Hudson River Group. On 15 January 1947, she was transferred to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her for $545,601.37 to Societe Italiana di Navigazione, Albaro, Genoa, Italy, on 22 January 1947, for commercial use. She was renamed Albaro. In 1963, she was sold to Aegean Cia. Nav., Panama, and renamed Aigaion. She was scrapped in Osaka, Japan, in 1968.[4][5]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Josephine Shaw Lowell". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  • "SS Josephine Shaw Lowell". Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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