SS Stephen Smith

SS Stephen Smith was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Stephen Smith.

History
United States
Name: Stephen Smith
Namesake: Stephen Smith
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American West African Line Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2326
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $928,380[1]
Yard number: 67
Way number: 6
Laid down: 26 September 1944
Launched: 31 October 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Edward Overcash
Completed: 13 November 1944
Identification:
Fate:
Status: Sold for scrapping, 19 February 1960, withdrawn from the fleet, 28 March 1960
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

Stephen Smith was laid down on 26 September 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2326, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Edward Overcash, wife of superintendent marine and electrical facilities, and launched on 31 October 1944.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to American West African Line Inc., 13 November 1944. On 7 May 1946, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 26 February 1948, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Wilmington, North Carolina.[4]

She was sold for scrapping, 19 February 1960, to Bethlehem Steel, for $70,161. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 28 March 1960.[4]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "Stephen Smith". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 10 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 10 December 2019.
  • "SS Stephen Smith". Retrieved 10 December 2019.


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