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SS Andrew Hamilton
Career (United States)
Name: Andrew Hamilton
Namesake: Andrew Hamilton
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: International Freight Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 57
Awarded: 14 March 1941
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Cost: $1,078,710[2]
Yard number: 2044
Way number: 11
Laid down: 15 June 1942
Launched: 6 August 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. J.E.P. Grant
Completed: 17 August 1942
Identification:
  • Call sign: KGEY
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Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 14 April 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 9 April 1962, withdrawn from fleet, 11 May 1962
General characteristics [3]
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 Vulcan Iron Works, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
  • 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 Andrew Hamilton was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Andrew Hamilton, a Scottish lawyer in the Thirteen Colonies, where he finally settled in Philadelphia. He was best known for his legal victory on behalf of the printer and newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger. This 1735 decision in New York helped to establish that truth is a defense to an accusation of libel. Hamilton, in company with his son-in-law, William Allen, purchased the ground, whereon to erect "a suitable building" to be used as a legislative hall, now known as Independence Hall.

    Construction

    Andrew Hamilton was laid down on 15 June 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MCE hull 57, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; she was sponsored by Mrs. J.E.P. Grant, the wife of the chief of the engineering section, production division of MARCOM, in Washington DC, and was launched on 6 August 1942.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to International Freight Corp., on 17 August 1942. On 14 April 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina. She was sold for scrapping on 9 April 1962, to Horton Industries, Inc., for $59,399.89. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 11 May 1962.[4]

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