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SS James W. Cannon
Career (United States)
Name: James W. Cannon
Namesake: James William Cannon
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2366
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,030,096[1]
Yard number: 151
Way number: 5
Laid down: 25 May 1944
Launched: 12 July 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Charles A. Cannon
Completed: 26 July 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: WRFV
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Victor.svg[1]
Fate: Sold for commercial use, 12 January 1951
Career (United States)
Name: Transoceanic
Operator: Pan Cargo Shipping Corporation
Acquired: 19 January 1951
Renamed: National Mariner
Fate: Sold to National Shipping & Trading Corp., 7 August 1961
Career (Greece)
Operator: John Theodoracopoulos
Acquired: 6 September 1961
Fate: Scrapped, 1963
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 James W. Cannon was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after James William Cannon, the founder of Cannon Mills Corporation.

    Construction

    James W. Cannon was laid down on 25 May 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2366, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Charles A. Cannon, daughter-in-law of James William Cannon, and launched on 12 July 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the International Freigting Corp., on 26 July 1944. On 8 June 1950, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Astoria, Oregon. On 12 January 1951, she was sold, to Pan Cargo Shipping Corp., for commercial use. She was renamed Transoceanic and later National Mariner. On 7 August 1961, she was sold to National Shipping & Trading Corp., who turned around and sold her to John Theodoracopoulos, on 6 September 1961, and flagged for Greece. She was scrapped in 1963.[4][5]

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