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SS James Gunn
Career (United States)
Name: James Gunn
Namesake: James Gunn
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Seas Shipping Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 44
Awarded: 14 March 1941
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Cost: $1,046,826[2]
Yard number: 20231
Way number: 4
Laid down: 6 April 1942
Launched: 8 June 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. James Ross
Completed: 24 June 1942
Identification:
  • Call sign: KFGW
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Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 6 September 1949
Status: Sold for scrapping, 7 November 1969, withdrawn from fleet, 23 March 1970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 James Gunn was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after James Gunn, a delegate to the Continental Congress and a United States Senator from Georgia.

    Construction

    James Gunn was laid down on 6 April 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MCE hull 44, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; she was sponsored by Mrs. James Ross, the wife of Captain Ross, the manager of the Baltimore office for the ABS, and was launched on 8 June 1942.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to Seas Shipping Co., Inc., on 24 June 1942. On 6 September 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas. On 7 November 1969, she was sold for scrapping to Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd.. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 23 March 1970.[4]

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