SS T. A. Johnston

SS T. A. Johnston was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after T. A. Johnston .

History
United States
Name: T. A. Johnston
Namesake: T. A. Johnston
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: J.H. Winchester & Company, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2304
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,342,770[1]
Yard number:
  • 45
  • 45R
Way number:
  • 6
  • 2
Laid down:
  • 22 April 1944
  • 14 November 1944
Launched: 13 December 1944
Completed: 28 December 1944
Identification:
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 7 January 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 10 July 1970
Notes: Hull 45 was dismantled completely after being damaged by fire. Hull 45R was built to replace it in December 1944.
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

T. A. Johnston was initially laid down on 22 April 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2304, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida, after a fire on the way warped the hull though it had to be scrapped. A new hull was laid down on 14 November 1944, and would go on to set a shipyard record of 29 days on the way when she was launched on 13 December 1944.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to J.H. Winchester & Company, Inc., on 28 December 1944. On 7 January 1947, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the Hudson River Group. On 19 July 1955, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain as part of the "Grain Program 1955". She returned to the fleet on 4 August 1955, full of grain. On 22 April 1956, she was withdrawn to unload, she returned empty on 28 April 1956. On 4 August 1956, she was withdrawn for the last time to be loaded with grain, she returned full on 25 August 1956. She was withdrawn on May 18 1963, to be emptied and returned 25 May 1963. On 10 July 1970, she was sold, along with one other ship, for $80,323.08 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., to be scrapped. She was removed from the fleet on 6 October 1970.[4][5]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "T. A. Johnston". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  • "SS T. A. Johnston ". Retrieved 19 December 2017.


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