SS Stepas Darius
SS Stepas Darius was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Steponas Darius, a Lithuanian American pilot, who died in a non-stop flight attempt with Lituanica from New York City to Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1933.
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||William J. Rountree & Company|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2320|
|Builder:||J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida|
|Laid down:||14 August 1944|
|Launched:||25 Septembert 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Harley Ferguson|
|Completed:||10 October 1944|
|Fate:||Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 27 June 1946|
|Status:||Sold for commercial use, 10 January 1947, withdrawn from fleet, 24 January 1947|
|Owner:||Compania de Navegacion Phoceana de Panama|
|Status:||Grounded, 21 January 1955|
|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)|
Stepas Darius was laid down on 14 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2320, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Harley Ferguson, wife of assistant general manager JAJCC; and launched on 25 September 1944.
On 21 January 1955, while sailing from Hampton Roads to Rotterdam, with 9,000 st (130,000 lb; 57,000 kg) of coal, she ran aground off the Round Island, Scilly Islands, when her engines failed. She was declared a total loss.
Wreck located at: 49.5827°N 06.2015°W
- "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- Maritime Administration. "Stepas Darius". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- "SS Stepas Darius". Retrieved 9 December 2019.