SS Mary Cullom Kimbro

SS Mary Cullom Kimbro was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Mary Cullom Kimbro, a stewardess on board the passenger ship City of Birmingham when she was sunk by U-202, 1 July 1942.[4]

History
United States
Name:
  • Mary Cullom Kimbro
  • Corporal Eric G. Gibson
Namesake:
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: United Fruit Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 2349
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,109,568[2]
Yard number: 90
Way number: 6
Laid down: 21 February 1945
Launched: 6 April 1945
Completed: 24 April 1945
Renamed: 1945
Refit: converted to US Army repair ship, 1945
Identification:
Fate: Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 12 July 1949
Status:
  • Transferred to US Navy, removed from fleet, 25 April 1967
  • Scuttled, May 1970
General characteristics [3]
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: 490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)
Complement:
Armament:

Construction

Mary Cullom Kimbro was laid down on 21 February 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2349, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 6 April 1945.[1][2]

History

She was allocated to United Fruit Co., on 24 April 1945. She was converted to an Army repair ship and renamed Corporal Eric G. Gibson, 1945. On 12 July 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York. She was transferred to the US Navy, 25 April 1967, for use as an Ammunition Disposal Ship. She was scuttled with obsolete ammunition off the coast of Virginia, 15 June 1967.[5][6][7]


References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Mary Cullom Kimbro". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Corporal Eric G. Gibson". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • "SS Mary Cullom Kimbro". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • "SS Mary Cullom Kimbro". www.Wrecksite.eu. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  • "Mary Cullom Kimbro". UBoat.net. Retrieved 13 December 2019.


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