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SS Isaac Shelby
Career (United States)
Name: Isaac Shelby
Namesake: Isaac Shelby
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1518
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,097,546[1]
Yard number: 134
Way number: 6
Laid down: 22 January 1944
Launched: 6 March 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. K.D. Nichols
Completed: 18 March 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KWAE
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Echo.svg[1]
Fate: Struck a mine and sunk off Italy, 5 January 1945
Status: Sold for scrapping, 20 February 1948
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 Filer & Stowell Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • 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 Isaac Shelby was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Isaac Shelby, the first and fifth Governor of Kentucky.

    Construction

    Isaac Shelby was laid down on 22 January 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1518, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. K.D. Nichols, and launched on 6 March 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the Smith & Johnson Company, on 18 March 1944. On 5 January 1945, she struck a mine off Naples, Italy, 41°12′N 13°30′E / 41.2°N 13.5°E / 41.2; 13.5.[1] She broke in two and sank with no loss of life. On 20 February 1948, she was sold, along with 39 other vessels, including her sister ship SS Niels Poulson, for $520,000, to Venturi Salvaggi Ricuperi Imprese Marittime Societa per Azioni, Genoa.[4][5]

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