SS William L. Watson
SS William L. Watson was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William L. Watson, the first Agricultural Agent for Duval County, Florida, also active in the Florida 4-H club.
|Name:||William L. Watson|
|Namesake:||William L. Watson|
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||Black Diamond Steamship Co.|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2310|
|Builder:||J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida|
|Laid down:||6 June 1944|
|Launched:||13 July 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. John Simon|
|Completed:||26 July 1944|
|Fate:||Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 6 June 1946|
|Status:||Sold for commercial use, 17 December 1946|
|Owner:||Salvatore Tagliavia, Palermo, Italy|
|Acquired:||27 December 1946|
|Owner:||Transmediterranea Soc. di Nav. per Azioni, Palermo, Italy|
|Owner:||San Antonio, Inc.|
|Operator:||Cia. Armatoriale Italiana, Venice, Italy|
|Fate:||Laid up at Spezia, 1966|
|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 L. Watson was laid down on 6 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2310, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. John Simon, and launched on 13 July 1944.
She was allocated to Black Diamond Steamship Co., on 26 July 1944. On 6 June 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the Hudson River Group. On 17 December 1946, she was transferred to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her to Salvatore Tagliavia, Palermo, Italy, on 27 December 1946. She was renamed Panormus. In 1952, she was sold to Transmediterranea Soc. di Nav. per Azioni, Palermo. In 1962, she was sold to San Antonio Inc, reflagged for Lebanon, and renamed Al Keheir. In 1966, she was laid up in Spezia, after developing cracks in her hull. She was scrapped the following year in Spezia.
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- Maritime Administration. "William L. Watson". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "SS William L. Watson". Retrieved 23 December 2017.