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SS Edward K. Collins
Career (United States)
Name: Edward K. Collins
Namesake: Edward K. Collins
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Smith & Johnson Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2315
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,014,445[1]
Yard number: 56
Way number: 1
Laid down: 14 July 1944
Launched: 17 August 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs.Emily Collins
Completed: 31 August 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: WSUZ
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Uniform.svgICS Zulu.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 21 May 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 9 December 1946, withdrawn from fleet, 10 January 1947
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 Edward K. Collins was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after US Army Lieutenant Colonel Edward K. Collins.

    Construction

    Edward K. Collins was laid down on 14 July 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2315, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Emily Collins, wife of the namesake; and launched on 17 August 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Smith & Johnson Co., 31 August 1944. On 21 May 1946, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia.[4]

    She was sold, on 9 December 1946, for $556,542.74, for commercial use, to Kassos Steam Navigation Company. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 10 January 1947.[4]

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