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SS Charles W. Stiles
Career (United States)
Name: Charles W. Stiles
Namesake: Charles W. Stiles
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2380
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $919,945[1]
Yard number: 165
Way number: 1
Laid down: 9 September 1944
Launched: 18 October 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. P.O. Murphy
Completed: 31 October 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KSZZ
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Zulu.svgICS Zulu.svg[1]
Fate: Sold for commercial use, 28 February 1947
Career (Panama)
Name: Bygdin
Namesake: Bygdin
Owner: Global Transport Ltd.
Acquired: 28 February 1947
Fate: Scrapped, 1969
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 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 Charles W. Stiles was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Charles W. Stiles, a parasitologist and zoologist for the U.S. government at the Bureau of Animal Industry in the Department of Agriculture (1891–1902), and was later chief zoologist at the Hygienic Laboratory of the US Public Health and Marine Hospital Service (1902–1931).

    Construction[]

    Charles W. Stiles was laid down on 9 September 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2380, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. P.O. Murphy, and launched on 18 October 1944.[3][1]

    History[]

    She was allocated to Seas Shipping Co. Inc., on 31 October 1944. On 28 February 1947, she was sold for $562,260.11 to Global Transport Ltd., for commercial use. She was reflagged for Panama, and renamed Bygdin.[4][5]

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