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SS C. W. Post
Career (United States)
Name: C. W. Post
Namesake: C. W. Post
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: United States Navigation Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2504
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $944.199[2]
Yard number: 68
Way number: 2
Laid down: 6 October 1944
Launched: 8 November 1944
Sponsored by: Marjorie Merriweather Post
Completed: 17 November 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KYUR
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Yankee.svgICS Uniform.svgICS Romeo.svg[2]
Fate: Laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 15 November 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 21 September 1971, withdrawn from fleet, 15 October 1971
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 Hamilton Engine Co., Hamilton, Ohio)
  • 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. W. Post was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after C. W. Post, an American inventor, breakfast cereal and foods manufacturer and a pioneer in the prepared-food industry. He was the founder of what is now Post Consumer Brands.

    Construction

    C. W. Post was laid down on 6 October 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2504, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Marjorie Merriweather Post, the daughter of the namesake, and was launched on 8 November 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the United States Navigation Co. on 17 November 1944. On 4 March 1948, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 31 May 1954, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1954"; she returned loaded on 8 June 1954. On 18 May 1956, she was withdrawn to be unload, she returned reloaded with grain on 25 June 1956. On 20 June 1957, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be unloaded, she returned empty on 1 July 1957. On 3 July 1958, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1958", she returned loaded on 11 July 1958. On 28 January 1960, she was withdrawn to be unload; she returned empty on 2 February 1960. On 24 October 1960, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1960"; she returned loaded on 6 November 1960. On 4 May 1963, she was withdrawn to be unloaded; she returned empty on 7 May 1963. She was sold for scrapping, on 21 September 1971, to Eckhardt & Co., GMBH., for $70,070. She was removed from the fleet on 15 October 1971.[4]

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