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SS Harold O. Wilson
Career (United States)
Name: Harold O. Wilson
Namesake: Harold O. Wilson
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2396
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $803,647[1]
Yard number: 181
Way number: 5
Laid down: 12 December 1944
Launched: 12 January 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. J.S. Bragdon
Completed: 24 January 1945
Identification:
  • Call Signal: ANHY
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS November.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Yankee.svg[1]
Fate: Sold for commercial use, 20 June 1947
Career (United States)
Name: North Beacon
Operator: Northeastern Steamship Corp.
Acquired: 20 June 1947
Fate: Sold, April 1955
Career (United States)
Name: Texmar
Operator: Bethlehem Steel
Acquired: April 1955
Fate: Wrecked and sold for scrapping, January 1961
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 Harold O. Wilson was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Harold O. Wilson, who was lost at sea while he was an oiler on SS Flora MacDonald, that was torpedoed by German submarine U-126, 30 May 1943, off Sierra Leone.

    Construction

    Harold O. Wilson was laid down on 12 December 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2396, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. J.S. Bragdon, and launched on 12 January 1945.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the United States Navigation Company, on 24 January 1945. On 20 June 1947, she was sold to Northeastern Steamship Corp., and renamed North Beacon. In April 1955, she was sold to Bethlehem Steel, and renamed Texmar. In January 1961, she was wrecked and sold for scrapping.[4][5]

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