SS Mary Ball

SS Mary Ball was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

History
United States
Name: Mary Ball
Namesake: Mary Ball Washington
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: United Fruit Co.
Ordered: as type (Z-EC2-S-C2) hull, MC hull 1534
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $2,143,464[1]
Yard number: 16
Way number: 1
Laid down: 20 July 1943
Launched: 17 October 1943
Completed: 23 November 1943
Identification:
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 20 June 1946
Status: Sold for scrapping, 28 October 1971
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: type Z-EC2-S-C2, army tank transport
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

Mary Ball was laid down on 20 July 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1534, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 17 October 1943.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to United Fruit Co., on 23 November 1943. On 20 June 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Mobile, Alabama. On 28 October 1971, she was sold, along with 13 other ships, for $513,800, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., to be scrapped. She was removed from the fleet on 17 April 1972.[4]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Mary Ball". 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 27 November 2017.
  • "SS Mary Ball". Retrieved 11 December 2019.


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