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SS David B. Johnson
Career (United States)
Name: David B. Johnson
Namesake: David B. Johnson
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1511
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,347,352[1]
Yard number: 127
Way number: 5
Laid down: 23 November 1943
Launched: 13 January 1944
Sponsored by: Mai Rutledge Johnson
Completed: 24 January 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KVMB
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Victor.svgICS Mike.svgICS Bravo.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 18 November 1948
  • Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California, 2 July 1952
  • Status: Sold scrapping, 2 January 1968
    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 David B. Johnson was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after David B. Johnson, the founder and first president of Winthrop University.

    Construction

    David B. Johnson was laid down on 23 November 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1511, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia;[3] she was sponsored by Mai Rutledge Johnson, widow of David B. Johnson, and was launched on 13 January 1944.[3]

    History

    She was allocated to the Wilmore Steamship Co., on 24 January 1944. On 18 November 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Beaumont, Texas. On 2 July 1952, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, California. On 2 January 1968, she was sold to the Nicolai Joffe Corp., for $49,576, for scrapping. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 17 January 1968.[4][5]

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