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SS C. Francis Jenkins
Career (United States)
Name: C. Francis Jenkins
Namesake: C. Francis Jenkins
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Agwilines Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2316
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $975,633[1]
Yard number: 57
Way number: 2
Laid down: 20 July 1944
Launched: 26 August 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs.E.S.Gladys Morgan
Completed: 9 September 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: WSYJ
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Yankee.svgICS Juliet.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 22 May 1946
  • Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 2 December 1946
  • Status: Sold for commercial use, 16 December 1946, withdrawn from fleet, 12 January 1947
    Career  Panama
    Name: Ionian Leader
    Owner: Compania de Navegacion Cristobal de Panama
    Status: Scrapped, 1966
    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 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 C. Francis Jenkins was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after C. Francis Jenkins, a pioneer of early cinema and television.

    Construction[]

    C. Francis Jenkins was laid down on 20 July 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2316, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. E. S. Gladys Morgan, wife of resident MARCOM auditor; and launched on 26 August 1944.[3][1]

    History[]

    She was allocated to Agwilines Inc., 9 September 1944. On 22 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York.[4]

    Allocated to A. L. Burbank and Co., LTD, 16 July 1946. Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 2 December 1946.[4] She was sold, on 16 December 1946, to Cia de Nav. Cristobal, for commercial use, and renamed Ionian Leader. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 12 January 1947.[4]

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