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SS Charles D. Walcott
Career (United States)
Name: Charles D. Walcott
Namesake: Charles D. Walcott
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2327
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $940,965[1]
Yard number: 68
Way number: 1
Laid down: 29 September 1944
Launched: 7 November 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Eva Pearl Parker
Completed: 18 November 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KYUJ
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Yankee.svgICS Uniform.svgICS Juliet.svg[1]
Fate: Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 30 December 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 31 January 1961, withdrawn from the fleet, 26 July 1961
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 Charles D. Walcott was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Charles D. Walcott, an American geologist, paleontologist, and government administrator. Walcott served as the Director of the US Geological Survey from 1894 to 1907, and as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1907 to 1921.[3]

    Construction[]

    Charles D. Walcott was laid down on 29 September 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2327, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Miss Eva Pearl Parker, a yard employee in the fabrication shop, and launched on 7 November 1944.[4][1]

    History[]

    She was allocated to American Export Lines Inc., 13 November 1944. On 30 December 1947, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Wilmington, North Carolina.[3] She was sold for scrapping, 31 January 1961, to Commercial Metals Co., for $46,588.18. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 26 July 1961.[3]

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