SS Peter Zenger

SS Peter Zenger was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John Peter Zenger, a printer and journalist in New York City that printed The New York Weekly Journal. He was accused of libel in 1734, by William Cosby, the governor of New York, but the jury acquitted Zenger, who became a symbol for freedom of the press.

History
United States
Name: Peter Zenger
Namesake: Peter Zenger
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: A.H. Bull & Co. Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1527
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,852,957[1]
Yard number: 9
Way number: 3
Laid down: 31 March 1943
Launched: 4 July 1943
Completed: 31 July 1943
Identification:
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon, 11 October 1946
Status: Sold for scrapping, 19 July 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

Peter Zenger was laid down on 31 March 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1527, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 4 July 1943.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to A.H. Bull & Co. Inc., on 31 July 1943. On 11 October 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Astoria, Oregon. On 22 July 1954, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1954", she returned loaded with grain on 4 August 1954. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 20 May 1963, to have the grain unloaded, she returned empty on 25 May 1963. On 19 July 1966, she was sold for $45,355.55 to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 5 August 1966.[4]

See also

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Peter Zenger". 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 22 November 2017.
  • "SS Peter Zenger". Retrieved 11 December 2019.


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