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SS James L. Ackerson
Career (United States)
Name: James L. Ackerson
Namesake: James L. Ackerson
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Wessel Duval & Company
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2468
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,304,445[2]
Yard number: 32
Way number: 2
Laid down: 11 January 1944
Launched: 29 February 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. James L.Ackerson
Completed: 16 March 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KWCA
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Charlie.svgICS Alpha.svg[2]
Fate: Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California, 18 May 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 22 January 1947, removed from fleet, 27 January 1947
Career (Greece)
Name: Captain John Matarangas
Owner: Stavros S. Niarchos
Operator: Simpson, Spence and Young
Fate: Sold, 1950
Career (Greece)
Name: Artemis
Owner: Tropis Co., Ltd.
Fate: Scrapped, 1967
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 L. Ackerson was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after James L. Ackerson, a naval constructor and the general manager and vice president of the US Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation from 1918 to 1920.

    Construction

    James L. Ackerson was laid down on 1 January 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2468, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. James L. Ackerson, the widow of the namesake, and was launched on 29 February 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the Wessel Duval & Company, on 16 March 1944. On 18 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California. She was sold for commercial use, 22 January 1947, to Stavros S. Niarchos, for $544,506. She was removed from the fleet on 27 January 1947. James L. Ackerson was renamed Captain John Matarangas and flagged in Greece. She was renamed Artemis in 1952, and scrapped in Japan, in 1967.[4]

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