SS Samuel G. French

SS Samuel G. French was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Samuel G. French, a United States Military Academy graduate in 1843, he obtained the rank of Captain in the US Army and was a veteran of the Mexican–American War. French joined the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, raising to the rank of Major General.

United States
Name: Samuel G. French
Namesake: Samuel G. French
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Oliver J. Olson & Company
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2294
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $999,159[1]
Yard number: 35
Way number: 2
Laid down: 31 January 1944
Launched: 21 March 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Ada French
Completed: 22 April 1944
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 25 May 1946
Status: Sold to the Netherlands, 25 November 1946
Name: Egmond
Namesake: Egmond
Owner: Netherlands Government
Acquired: 25 November 1946
Fate: Sold, 1947
Name: Alcyone
Namesake: Alcyone
Owner: Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co's Stoomvaart-Maatschappij N.V.
Acquired: 1947
Fate: Sold, 1958
Name: Nicos S.
Owner: Goulandris Ltd., London
Operator: Tricontinental Transport Corp.
Acquired: 1958
Fate: Sold, 1963
Name: Nicos S.
Owner: Syros Shipping Co., London
Acquired: 1963
Fate: Scrapped, 1971
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)


Samuel G. French was laid down on 31 January 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2294, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Miss Ada French, granddaughter of namesake, she was launched on 21 March 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to Oliver J. Olson & Company, on 22 April 1944. On 25 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the Hudson River Group. On 25 November 1946, she was sold to the Netherlands for $549,890.31 for commercial use and renamed Egmond. After going through several more owners she was scrapped in Castellon, Spain, in 1971.[4][5]



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  • Maritime Administration. "Samuel G. French". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  • "SS Samuel G. French". Retrieved 7 December 2017.

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