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SS Betty Zane
Career (United States)
Name: Betty Zane
Namesake: Betty Zane
Builder: North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, North Carolina
Yard number: 51
Way number: 6
Laid down: 20 November 1942
Launched: 22 December 1942
Renamed: Anastassios Pateras
Fate: scrapped 1968
General characteristics
Type: Liberty ship
Tonnage: 7,000 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draft: 27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)
  • Two oil-fired boilers
  • Triple expansion steam engine
  • Single screw
  • 2,500 hp (1,864 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 9,140 tons cargo
Complement: 41

SS Betty Zane (MC contract 873) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Betty Zane, a frontier heroine of the American Revolutionary War and ancestor of author Zane Grey.

The ship was laid down by North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in their Cape Fear River yard on November 20, 1942, then launched on December 22, 1942.[1] Zane was operated by the States Marine Corporation for the War Shipping Administration until December 1946 when she entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Wilmington, North Carolina.[2]

In November 1943 while in the Mediterranean Sea she was attacked by numerous German aircraft, downing a JU-88.[3] Zane was sold to a Greek firm in December 1946 and renamed Anastassios Pateras. She was scrapped in 1968[4]


  1. "North Carolina Shipbuilding". Retrieved 2019-01-05. 
  2. "Betty Zane". MARAD Vessel History Database. Retrieved 2019-01-06. 
  3. "With the Men and Women in the Service". Metuchen Recorder. Metuchen, NJ. July 27, 1944. Retrieved 2019-01-06. 
  4. "Betty Zane". MARAD Vessel History Database. Retrieved 2019-01-06. 

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