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).
|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|
|Laid down:||5 May 1944|
|Launched:||13 June 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Miss Joan Blair|
|Completed:||28 June 1944|
|Fate:||Sold to Italy, 18 January 1947|
|Owner:||Lloyd Triestino, Trieste, Italy|
|Acquired:||30 January 1947|
|Owner:||Oceanica Transports Co., Malta|
|Operator:||Union Maritime & Shipping Co., London|
|Owner:||Polarus Shipping Co., Famagusta, Cyprus|
|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)|
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.
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.
- "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.