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SS August Belmont
Career (United States)
Name: August Belmont
Namesake: August Belmont
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: South Atlantic Steamship Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2474
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,109,608[2]
Yard number: 38
Way number: 2
Laid down: 1 March 1944
Launched: 23 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. W.H. Slappey
Completed: 4 May 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KWWQ
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Quebec.svg[2]
Fate:
  • Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 30 May 1948
  • Laid up in the, James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 20 February 1958
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 24 July 1970, removed from fleet, 19 August 1970
    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 Filer & Stowell Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • 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 August Belmont was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after August Belmont, a German-American politician, financier, foreign diplomat, and party chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 1860s. Belmont was an U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and U.S. Consul-General to the Austrian Empire and later a horse-breeder and racehorse owner. He was the founder and namesake of the Belmont Stakes.

    Construction

    August Belmont was laid down on 1 March 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2474, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. W.H. Slappey, the sister of Max and Kenneth Merrill, the president and vice president of St. John's River SB, and was launched on 20 April 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the South Atlantic Steamship Lines, Inc., on 30 April 1944. On 30 May 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina. On 20 February 1958, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. She was sold for scrapping, 24 July 1970, to I.C.E. Chemicals, Inc., for $113,099. She was removed from the fleet on 19 August 1970.[4]

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