SS Ora Ellis

SS Ora Ellis was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Ora Ellis, a Merchant marine killed when U-506 torpedoed SS William C. McTarnahan, 35 mi (56 km) east of Ship Shoal Light, Louisiana, 16 May 1942.[4][5]

United States
Name: Ora Ellis
Namesake: Ora Ellis
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Polarus Steamship Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 3148
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $853,227[2]
Yard number: 108
Way number: 6
Laid down: 23 July 1945
Launched: 26 September 1945
Completed: 16 October 1945
Fate: Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 3 January 1947
Status: Sold for commercial use, 8 August 1947
Name: Coral Sea
Owner: Coral Steamship Corp.
Status: Sold, January 1951
Name: Sea Coral
Owner: Orion Shipping and Trading Co.
Status: Sold, January 1954
  • Seacoral
  • Andro Coral
Owner: Coral Cia. Armadora
Renamed: 1957
Status: Grounded and sank, 18 May 1960
General characteristics [3]
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)
Capacity: 490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)


Ora Ellis was laid down on 23 July 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 3148, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 26 September 1945.[1][2]


She was allocated to Polarus Steamship Co., Inc., on 16 October 1945. On 3 January 1947, she was laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. She was sold, on 8 August 1947, to Coral Steamship Corp., for commercial use and renamed Coral Sea. On 18 May 1960, after having been sold to Coral Cia. Armmadora, renamed Andros Coral, and flagged in Liberia, she sank for a total loss when she was grounded in the Chacao Channel, Chile.[6]



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