SS Pierre L'Enfant

SS Pierre L'Enfant (Hull Number 1001) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Pierre L'Enfant, a French-born American architect who designed what is today Washington D.C.

United States
Name: Pierre L'Enfant
Namesake: Pierre L'Enfant
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Laid down: 17 May 1943
Launched: 11 June 1943
  • Sold, 1947
  • Wrecked, 1970
General characteristics
Type: Liberty ship
Tonnage: 7,000 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3419 m)
Draft: 27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)
  • 2 × oil-fired boilers
  • Triple expansion steam engine, 2,500 hp (1,864 kW)
  • single screw
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity: 9,140 tons cargo
Complement: 41

The ship was laid down on 17 May 1943, and launched on 11 June 1943. The ship survived the war, even shooting down three enemy aircraft,[2] and was sold into private ownership in 1947. However, in 1970, the ship was wrecked and subsequently abandoned.


  1. "Bethlehem Fairfield". Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  2. "Liberty Ship Pierre L'Enfant in Action in the Mediterranean". Retrieved 2009-11-28.

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