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SS Howard E. Coffin
Career (United States)
Name: Howard E. Coffin
Namesake: Howard E. Coffin
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1512
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,332,599[1]
Yard number: 128
Way number: 6
Laid down: 30 November 1943
Launched: 21 January 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Alfred W. Jones
Completed: 31 January 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KVOH
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Fate: Sold, 20 January 1947
Career (Italy)
Name: Patrizia Fassio
Owner: Villian & Fassio, Genoa
Acquired: 30 January 1947
Fate: Scrapped, October 1968
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 Howard E. Coffin was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Howard E. Coffin, one of the founders of the Hudson Motor Car Company and a charter member of The Society of Automotive Engineers and president in 1910.

    Construction

    Howard E. Coffin was laid down on 30 November 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1512, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Alfred W. Jones, and launched on 21 January 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the South Atlantic Steamship Co., on 31 January 1944. On 18 July 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in the James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 20 January 1947, she was turned over to the Italian Government, which in turn sold it to Villian & Fassio, Genoa, for $544,566, on 30 January 1947. She was renamed Patrizia Fassio. She was scrapped in October 1968.[4][5]

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