SS Newton D. Baker

SS Newton D. Baker was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Newton D. Baker, a lawyer, the 37th Mayor of Cleveland, and the United States Secretary of War, during World War I.

United States
Name: Newton D. Baker
Namesake: Newton D. Baker
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1520
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $2,258,166[1]
Yard number: 2
Way number: 2
Laid down: 3 September 1942
Launched: 25 February 1943
Sponsored by: Rose Jones
Completed: 6 April 1943
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 1 October 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 2 January 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)


Newton D. Baker was laid down on 3 September 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1520, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Rose Jones, the wife of the James Addison Jones, the founder J.A. Jones Construction Co., she was launched on 25 February 1943.[3][1]


She was allocated to Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc., on 6 April 1943. On 1 October 1947, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. On 2 January 1968, she was sold for $46,320 to Union Minerals & Alloys, Co., to be scrapped. She was removed from the fleet on 29 January 1968.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Newton D. Baker". 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 20 November 2017.
  • "SS Newton D. Baker". Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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