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SS James H. Kimball
Career (United States)
Name: James H. Kimball
Namesake: James H. Kimball
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American Export Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2298
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $998,294[1]
Yard number: 39
Way number: 6
Laid down: 7 March 1944
Launched: 22 April 1944
Completed: 16 May 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KWAY
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Yankee.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon, 26 November 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 11 April 1947
Career (Panama)
Name: Azuero
Namesake: Azuero
Owner: Azuero Cia. Nav., Panama
Operator: Embiricos Ltd., London
Acquired: 11 April 1947
Fate: Ran aground and broke in two, 24 December 1968
Status: Total loss
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 Iron Fireman Manufacturing Co., Portland, Oregon)
  • 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 H. Kimball was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after James H. Kimball, the chief meteorologist in the New York Weather Bureau.

    Construction

    James H. Kimball was laid down on 7 March 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2298, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 22 April 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to American Export Lines, Inc., on 16 May 1944. On 26 November 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Astoria, Oregon. On 11 April 1947, she was sold to Azuero Cia. Nav., for commercial service. On 24 December 1968, she ran aground in River Gironde, after she had engine trouble. She later broke in two and was declared a total loss.[4][5]

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