SS Ponce De Leon
SS Ponce De Leon was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Ponce De Leon, a Spanish explorer and conquistador known for leading the first official European expedition to Florida and the first governor of Puerto Rico.
|Name:||Ponce De Leon|
|Namesake:||Ponce De Leon|
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||Waterman Steamship Corp.|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1193|
|Builder:||St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida|
|Laid down:||15 August 1942|
|Launched:||14 March 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. J.C. Merrill|
|Completed:||30 April 1943|
|Fate:||Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 11 April 1947|
|Status:||Sold for scrapping, 10 September 1962, removed from fleet, 9 October 1962|
|Class and type:||
|Beam:||57 feet (17 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
Ponce De Leon was laid down on 15 August 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1193, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. J.C. Merrill, the wife of the president of the St. John's River SB Corp., she was launched on 14 March 1943.
She was allocated to Waterman Steamship Corp., on 30 April 1943. On 11 April 1947, she was laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. She was sold for scrapping, on 10 September 1962, to Gulf Shipyard Industrial Park Co., for $49,799. She was removed from the fleet on 9 October 1962.
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- Maritime Administration. "Ponce De Leon". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
- Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
- "SS Ponce De Leon". Retrieved 15 December 2019.