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SS Edward P. Alexander
Career (United States)
Name: Edward P. Alexander
Namesake: Edward P. Alexander
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1505
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,501,325[1]
Yard number: 121
Way number: 5
Laid down: 21 September 1943
Launched: 23 November 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. E.A. Lotz
Completed: 30 November 1943
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KUGH
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Fate: Sold, 7 January 1947
Career (Italy)
Name: Orizia
Owner: Fratelli D'Amico, Rome
Acquired: 20 January 1947
Fate: Scrapped, 1970
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 P. Alexander was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Edward P. Alexander, a Confederate States Army Brigadier general and railroad executive.

    Construction

    Edward P. Alexander was laid down on 21 September 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1505, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; sponsored by Mrs. E.A. Lotz, and launched on 23 November 1943.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the Wilmore Steamship Co., on 30 November 1943. On 15 June 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in the James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 7 January 1947, she was turned over to the Italian Government, which in turn sold her to Fratelli d'Amico, Rome, for $544,506, on 20 January 1947. She was renamed Orizia. She ran aground off Veracruz Harbor on 20 January 1963, and was scrapped in 1970.[4][5]

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