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SS John B. Gordon
Career (United States)
Name: John B. Gordon
Namesake: John B. Gordon
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1504
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,565,410[1]
Yard number: 120
Way number: 4
Laid down: 6 September 1943
Launched: 16 November 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Charles I. Allan
Completed: 26 November 1943
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KUGA
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Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia, 18 May 1946
Status: Sold for scrapping, 15 September 1959
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 Engineering Works, Brunswick, Georgia)
  • 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 John B. Gordon was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John B. Gordon, a Confederate States Army general, United States Senator from Georgia, and 53rd Governor of Georgia.

    Construction

    John B. Gordon was laid down on 6 September 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1504, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; sponsored by Mrs. Charles I. Allan, sister-in-law of J.A. Jones acting president, Edwin Jones, and launched on 16 November 1943.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to T.J. Stevenson & Co., Inc., on 26 November 1943. On 18 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in the James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 15 September 1959, she was sold to Bethlehem Steel, for $71,781, for scrapping. She was delivered on 23 September 1959.[4][5]

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