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SS Frank Flowers
Career (United States)
Name: Frank Flowers
Namesake: Frank Flowers
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 3141
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $841,060[2]
Yard number: 101
Way number: 5
Laid down: 9 May 1945
Launched: 22 June 1945
Completed: 16 July 1945
Identification:
  • Call sign: AOEL
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS Oscar.svgICS Echo.svgICS Lima.svg[2]
Fate:
  • Placed in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 26 October 1945
  • Placed in the, Beaumont Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 21 August 1953
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 15 July 1974, removed from fleet, 5 August 1974
    General characteristics [3]
    Class & type:
    Tonnage:
  • 10,600 LT DWT
  • 7,200 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:
    • 490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)
    Complement: 41
    Armament:
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Frank Flowers was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Frank Flowers, a veteran of the Spanish–American War, he served aboard Leviathan, in the supply department, during WWI, and later served as steward and purser with the United States Lines.[4]

    Construction

    Frank Flowers was laid down on 9 May 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 3141, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 22 June 1945.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to American Export Lines, Inc., on 16 July 1945. On 26 October 1945, she was laid up in the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 26 October 1945. On 21 August 1953, she was placed in the, Beaumont Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas. She was sold for scrapping, 15 July 1974, to Luria Brothers and Co., Inc., for $191,889.98. She was removed from the fleet, 5 August 1974.[5]

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