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SS Chief Osceola
Career (United States)
Name: Chief Osceola
Namesake: Chief Osceola
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: United States Navigation Company
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2322
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $950,246[1]
Yard number: 63
Way number: 2
Laid down: 28 August 1944
Launched: 4 October 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. W. T. Flythe
Completed: 19 October 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KTEE
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Tango.svgICS Echo.svgICS Echo.svg[1]
Status: Sold for commercial use, 30 January 1947
Career  Greece
Name: George D. Gratsos
Owner:
  • George D. Gratsos Ltd (1947–1949)
  • Gratsos Bros (1949–1967)
Status: Grounded, 26 July 1965, scrapped, 1967
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 Chief Osceola was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Chief Osceola, resistance leader of the Seminole, during the Second Seminole War.

    Construction

    Chief Osceola was laid down on 28 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2322, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. W. T. Flythe, wife of director of public relation JAJCC, and launched on 4 October 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to United States Navigation Company, 19 October 1944.[4]

    She was sold, on 30 January 1947, to George D. Gratsos Ltd, for $563,292.75 and commercial use. She was flagged in Greece and renamed George D. Gratos. On 26 July 1965, she was severely damaged when she was grounded in the Chacao Channel, Chile. She was scrapped in Valencia, in 1967.[4]

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