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SS Horace Binney
Career (United States)
Name: Horace Binney
Namesake: Horace Binney
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 62
Awarded: 14 March 1941
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Cost: $1,076,481[2]
Yard number: 2049
Way number: 8
Laid down: 5 July 1942
Launched: 25 August 1942
Sponsored by: Miss Bertha Joseph
Completed: 31 August 1942
Identification:
  • Call sign: KGHH
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Fate: Mined, 8 May 1945
Status: Constructive Total Loss, sold for scrapping, 1 April 1948
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 Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp, Harrison, New Jersey)
  • 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 Horace Binney was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Horace Binney, an American lawyer, author, and public speaker who served as an Anti-Jacksonian in the United States House of Representatives.

    Construction

    Horace Binney was laid down on 5 July 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MCE hull 62, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; sponsored by Miss Bertha Joseph, the secretary of Senator George L. P. Radcliffe of Maryland, and was launched on 25 August 1942.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to American Export Lines, Inc., on 31 August 1942. On 8 May 1945, she was mined off the coast of Dunkirk, France, at 51°12′N 02°27′E / 51.2°N 2.45°E / 51.2; 2.45Coordinates: 51°12′N 02°27′E / 51.2°N 2.45°E / 51.2; 2.45, and beached at Deal, England, where she broke in two. On 1 April 1948, she was sold to the Belgium company Etablisements Dohmen et Habets SA., and scrapped in Antwerp.[4]

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