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SS Alanson B. Houghton
Career (United States)
Name: Alanson B. Houghton
Namesake: Alanson B. Houghton
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American South African Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2293
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,023,016[1]
Yard number: 34
Way number: 1
Laid down: 19 January 1944
Launched: 14 March 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. H.R. Pratt
Completed: 15 April 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KWJZ
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Juliet.svgICS Zulu.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 14 October 1949
Status: Sold for scrapping, 28 October 1971
General characteristics [2]
Class & type:
  • Liberty ship
  • type EC2-S-C1, standard
Tonnage:
  • 10,865 LT DWT
  • 7,176 GRT
  • Displacement:
  • 3,380 long tons (3,434 t) (light)
  • 14,245 long tons (14,474 t) (max)
  • Length: 441 ft 6 in (135 m)
    Beam: 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3419 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:
  • 2 × oil-fired boilers
  • 1 × triple-expansion steam engine, 2,500 horsepower (1,900 kW) (manufactured by Hamilton Engine Co., Hamilton, Ohio)
  • 1 × screw propeller
  • Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
    Capacity: 10,800 long tons deadweight (DWT)
    Complement: 41
    Armament:
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Alanson B. Houghton was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Alanson B. Houghton, the vice president and later president of Corning Glass Works, a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York (1919–1922), the United States Ambassador to Germany (1922–1925), United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1925–1929), and a member of the Jekyll Island Club.

    Construction

    Alanson B. Houghton was laid down on 19 January 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2293, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. H.R. Pratt, she was launched on 14 March 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to American South African Lines, Inc., on 15 April 1944. On 14 October 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Mobile, Alabama. On 28 October 1971, she was sold, along with 13 other ships, for $513,000 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet 25 October 1972.[4][5]

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