SS Minnie M. Fiske

SS Minnie M. Fiske was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Minnie M. Fiske, a late nineteenth and early twentieth century actress that spearheaded the fight against the Theatrical Syndicate for the sake of artistic freedom.

History
United States
Name: Minnie M. Fiske
Namesake: Minnie M. Fiske
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American South African Line, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1547
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,327,812[1]
Yard number: 29
Way number: 2
Laid down: 8 December 1943
Launched: 29 January 1944
Completed: 15 March 1944
Identification:
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon, 28 February 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 30 March 1966
General characteristics [2]
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:
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)
Complement:
Armament:

Construction

Minnie M. Fiske was laid down on 8 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1547, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 29 January 1944.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to American South African Line, Inc., on 15 March 1944. On 28 February 1947, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Astoria, Oregon. On 10 June 1955, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1955", she returned loaded on 20 June 1955. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 11 July 1963, to be emptied, she returned 17 July 1963. On 30 March 1966, she was sold for $48,001 to Zidell Explorations, Inc., for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 16 June 1966.[4][5]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Minnie M. Fiske". 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 Minnie M. Fiske". Retrieved 1 December 2017.


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