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SS Alexander S. Clay
Career (United States)
Name: Alexander S. Clay
Namesake: Alexander S. Clay
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2364
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,060,209[1]
Yard number: 149
Way number: 3
Laid down: 3 May 1944
Launched: 30 June 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Vaida V. Clay
Completed: 15 July 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: WQAF
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Quebec.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Foxtrot.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 22 September 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 29 August 1969
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 Joshua Hendy Iron Works, Sunnyvale, California)
  • 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 W. P. Few was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Alexander S. Clay, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and United States Senator from Georgia.

    Construction

    Alexander S. Clay was laid down on 3 May 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2364, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Miss Vaida V. Clay, and launched on 30 June 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the South Atlantic Steamship Lines Inc., on 15 July 1944. On 22 September 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Mobile, Alabama. On 29 August 1969, she was sold, to Southern Scrap Material, Co., Inc., for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 26 September 1969.[4][5]

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