SS William P. Duval

SS William P. Duval was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William P. Duval, the first civilian governor of the Florida Territory.

United States
Name: William P. Duval
Namesake: William P. Duval
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Blidberg & Rothchild Co.Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2319
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,043,714[1]
Yard number: 60
Way number: 4
Laid down: 10 August 1944
Launched: 15 September 1944
Sponsored by: Mary Caldwell
Completed: 29 September 1944
Fate: Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 17 May 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 10 January 1947, withdrawn from fleet, 13 January 1947
Name: Vesuvio
Namesake: Mount Vesuvius
Owner: Società di navigazione Italia
Status: Scrapped, 1973
General characteristics [2]
Class and type:
  • 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)
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)


William P. Duval was laid down on 10 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2319, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mary Caldwell, wife of then Florida Governor-elect, Millard Caldwell, and launched on 15 September 1944.[3][1]


She was allocated to Blidberg & Rothchild Co. Inc., 29 September 1944. On 17 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York.[4]

She was allocated to the Parry Navigation Co., 15 November 1946.[4]

She was sold, on 10 January 1947, to Società di navigazione Italia, for $563,117.54 and commercial use. She was flagged in Italy and renamed Vesuvio. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 13 January 1947. She was laid up in 1972 and scrapped in 1973.[4]



  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  • Maritime Administration. "William P. Duval". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 9 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 9 December 2019.
  • "SS William P. Duval". Retrieved 9 December 2019.

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