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SS Jeremiah M. Daily
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SS John W Brown, a ship of the same class as the Jeremiah M. Daily
Career (United States)
Name: Jeremiah M. Daily
Namesake: Jeremiah M. Daily
Owner: United States Maritime Commission
Operator: American South African Line
Builder: Permanente Metals Corp.
Yard number:
  • No. 2
  • Richmond, California
Laid down: 18 July 1943
Launched: 9 August 1943
Completed: 9 August 1943
Fate: Kamikazed 12 November 1944, scrapped in 1962
General characteristics
Class & type:
  • Liberty ship
  • type EC2-S-C1, standard
Displacement: 7,000 tons deadweight
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)
  • 2 × oil-fired boilers
  • 1 × triple-expansion steam engine, 2,500 horsepower (1,900 kW) (manufactured by Joshua Hendy Iron Works, Sunnyvale, California)
  • 1 × screw propeller
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
Capacity: 10,800 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Troops: 550[1]
Complement: 41
  • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
  • variety of anti-aircraft guns

SS Jeremiah M. Daily was a Liberty ship built for the United States Maritime Commission during World War II. The ship was named in honor of Jeremiah M. Daily, (1871-1924) who was the manager of marine department of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Jeremiah M. Daily inspired Jerry Dooley [2] and the Affairs of Cappy Ricks.[3] The ship was assigned by the War Shipping Administration to American South African Line of New York who operated it throughout World War II. Jeremiah M. Daily was laid down on 18 July 1943, launched on 9 August 1943 and completed on 22 August 1943, with the hull No. 1724 as part of the Emergency Shipbuilding Program, built is 35 days.[4]

World war 2

SS Jeremiah M. Daily arrived in the San Pedro Bay, in Leyte of the Philippines, to be part of the supply ships that supported the Battle of Leyte from 7 October to 26 December 1944 in the Pacific war campaign. She was anchored and not yet unloaded at Leyte Gulf at 11°10′N 125°06′E / 11.167°N 125.1°E / 11.167; 125.1, when attacked. Jeremiah M. Daily was transporting combat troops, vehicles, fuel and other supplies with the 168th Ordnance Depot Company and 3483d Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company. On 12 November 1944 three Empire of Japan Kamikaze Zero planes started attacking her. The ship's United States Navy Armed Guard shot down one plane, but two planes hit the Jeremiah M. Daily. The first plane just missed the bridge, hit the ship's antennae and dropped into the bay just thirty feet of her port. At 6:20pm the next plane the hit the starboard superstructure and the ship's bridge, plane and its aerial bomb exploded. The fire started the cargo of ammunition and fuel barrels to exploded and burn. The attacks killed more than 100 mean, including all those on the bridge who died. Many on the ship received severe burns. Fireboat put vasts amounts of water in the ship to stop the fire, that the ship began to list. Some of the cargo was lost in the fire or by the salt water used to put out the fire. The Ordnance maintenance company lost Twenty-eight men and the depot company lost Twenty-eight men. Most of Armed Guard and seamen were killed also, the total killed 160.[5][6][7][8][9] The Liberty ship SS Thomas Nelson had heavy losses the same day at Leyte.[10]

Post war

Jeremiah M. Daily was repaired and later sold to a private company, Waterman Steamship Corporation, of Mobile, Alabama in 1947 and renamed Governor Kilby. In 1948 she was sold to Atlanticus Steamship Inc and renamed the SS Atlanticus operated by the Atlantic Cargo Carrier Corporation in New York. In 1956 she was sold and renamed SS Sag Harbor by Terrace Navigation Corporation. In 1961 United States Department of Commerce took over the ship. In 1962 she was scrapped as the SS Sag Harbor in New Jersey.[11][12]

See also

External links


  1. Charles, Roland W. (April 1947). Troopships of World War II. Washington, D.C.: Army Transportation Association. p. 359. OCLC 1871625. 
  2., Cappy Ricks
  3., People behind the ship names
  4., merchantships liberty ships
  5. US Amry, CHAPTER XX The Philippines: Leyte, page 403
  6. Will McGuire Reconnoiter, By Stanley Larson, page 22
  7. South Bend Tribune, 'We were kids and, just like that,we were men' Memories of kamikaze attack still strong. LOU MUMFORD South Bend Tribune Nov 11, 2013
  8., Jeremiah M. Daily
  9. Jeremiah M. Daily
  10. Japan Kamikaze Attacks, by robin Riely
  11. Liberty ship list J
  12. Unsung Sailors: The Naval Armed Guard in World War II - Page 314, by Justin F. Gleichauf

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