SS William D. Bloxham

SS William D. Bloxham was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William D. Bloxham , the Secretary of State of Florida (1877–1880) and the 13th and 17th Governor of Florida(1881–1885 and 1897–1901).

History
United States
Name: William D. Bloxham
Namesake: William D. Bloxham
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: William J. Rountree & Company
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2306
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $951,652[1]
Yard number: 47
Way number: 2
Laid down: 5 May 1944
Launched: 13 June 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Joan Blair
Completed: 28 June 1944
Identification:
Fate: Sold to Italy, 18 January 1947
Italy
Name: Sistiana
Namesake: Sistiana
Owner: Lloyd Triestino, Trieste, Italy
Acquired: 30 January 1947
Fate: Sold, 1963
United Kingdom
Name: Soclyve
Owner: Oceanica Transports Co., Malta
Operator: Union Maritime & Shipping Co., London
Acquired: 1963
Fate: Sold, 1969
Cyprus
Name: Mitera Irini
Owner: Polarus Shipping Co., Famagusta, Cyprus
Acquired: 1969
Fate: Scrapped, 1972
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

William D. Bloxham was laid down on 5 May 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2306, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was sponsored by Miss Joan Blair, and launched on 13 June 1944.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to William J. Rountree & Company, on 28 June 1944. On 11 June 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group. On 18 January 1947, she was transferred to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her for $549,813.52 to Lloyd Triestino, Trieste, Italy, for commercial use. She was renamed Sistiana. After being sold to a couple more owners she was scrapped in 1972.[4][5]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "William D. Bloxham". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  • "SS William D. Bloxham ". Retrieved 22 December 2017.


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