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SS Howard A. Kelly
File:Het schip Howard A Kelly bij de fabriek van de Billiton Maatschappij Suriname i, Bestanddeelnr 252-6572.jpg
Howard A. Kelly in 1947
Career (United States)
Name: Howard A. Kelly
Namesake: Howard A. Kelly
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation
Launched: 18 March 1943
Commissioned: 1943
Fate: Scrapped, 1969
General characteristics
Class & type: Liberty ship
Displacement: 14,245 long tons (14,474 t)[1]
  • 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m) o/a
  • 417 ft 9 in (127.33 m) p/p
  • 427 ft (130 m) w/l[1]
Beam: 57 ft (17 m)[1]
Draft: 27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)[1]
  • Two oil-fired boilers
  • Triple-expansion steam engine
  • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
  • Single screw
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)[1]
Range: 20,000 nmi (37,000 km; 23,000 mi)
Capacity: 10,856 t (10,685 long tons) deadweight (DWT)[1]
Crew: 81[1]
Armament: Stern-mounted 4 in (100 mm) deck gun for use against surfaced submarines, variety of anti-aircraft guns

SS Howard A. Kelly was an American Liberty ship built in 1943 for service in World War II. Her namesake was Howard Atwood Kelly, an influential American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings.


Like other Liberty ships, she was 441 feet (134 m) long and 56 feet (17 m) wide, carried 9000 tons of cargo and had a top speed of 11 knots (20 km/h). Most Liberty ships were named after prominent deceased Americans.[2]

Construction and career

This particular ship was built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in Baltimore. She was launched on 18 March 1943 and commissioned later that year.[3]

She was scrapped in 1969.[4]


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