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SS Henry S. Sanford
Career (United States)
Name: Henry S. Sanford
Namesake: Henry S. Sanford
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Overlakes Freight Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2467
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,387,330[2]
Yard number: 31
Way number: 1
Laid down: 22 December 1943
Launched: 19 February 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Eleanor G. Huff
Completed: 4 March 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KWBZ
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Bravo.svgICS Zulu.svg[2]
Fate: Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, Washington, 28 May 1946
Status: Sold for scrapping, 7 August 1970, removed from fleet, 21 September 1970
General characteristics [3]
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 Henry S. Sanford was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Henry S. Sanford, a wealthy American diplomat and businessman from Connecticut who served as United States Minister to Belgium from 1861 to 1869. Sanford is also known for founding the city of Sanford, Florida, and for successfully lobbying the United States into recognizing King Leopold II's claim to the Congo region in central Africa.

    Construction

    Henry S. Sanford was laid down on 22 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2467, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Miss Eleanor G. Huff, the daughter of Colonel P. Huff, US Army, and was launched on 19 February 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the Overlakes Freight Corp., on 4 March 1944. On 28 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, Washington. On 22 April 1954, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1954", she returned loaded on 29 May 1954. On 27 January 1957, she was withdrawn to be unload, she returned on empty 5 February 1957. She was sold for scrapping, 7 August 1970, to Zidell Explorations, Inc.. She was removed from the fleet on 21 September 1970.[4]

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