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SS Frederick Bartholdi
Career (United States)
Name: Frederick Bartholdi
Namesake: Frederick Bartholdi
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1503
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,655,794[1]
Yard number: 119
Way number: 3
Laid down: 29 August 1943
Launched: 9 November 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. O.H. Hall
Completed: 20 November 1943
  • Call Signal: KTMO
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Fate: Ran aground, 24 December 1943
Status: Scrapped, September 1944
General characteristics [2]
Class & type:
  • Liberty ship
  • type EC2-S-C1, standard
  • 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)
  • 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
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Frederick Bartholdi was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Frédéric Bartholdi, French sculptor who is best known for designing Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty.


    Frederick Bartholdi was laid down on 29 August 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1503, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; sponsored by Mrs. O.H. Hall, and launched on 9 November 1943.[3][1]


    She was allocated to the West India Steamship Company, on 11 November 1943.[4] On 24 December 1943, she ran aground off Skye, Scotland, 57°44′N 06°26′W / 57.733°N 6.433°W / 57.733; -6.433 while on passage from Jacksonville to London, with a general cargo. By the time a dive survey was undertaken, 10 weeks later, her hull had split, with the fore part of the ship being only connected to the stern by the deck plating. She was declared a constructive total loss (CTL), but as her cargo could not be safely unloaded in situ, so she was refloated using a new type of flexible rubber patches and beached in Uig Bay, on 22 June 1944, where her cargo was salvaged.[5] She was subsequently towed to the River Clyde, and scrapped in September 1944, at Kames Bay.[6][7][1]



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