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SS John Einig
Career (United States)
Name: John Einig
Namesake: John Einig
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: United States Navigation Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1220
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,370,126[2]
Yard number: 28
Way number: 4
Laid down: 1 December 1943
Launched: 14 January 1944
Sponsored by: Helen Wrenn Early
Completed: 31 January 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KVQL
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Fate: Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 1 October 1946
Status: Sold to Italy, 31 December 1946, removed from fleet, 3 January 1947
Career (Italy)
Name: Aida Lauro
Owner: Achille Lauro
Fate: Scrapped, 1969
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 John Einig was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John Einig, a former resident of Jacksonville, Florida, that had invented the 32-inch (810 mm) steam whistle nicknamed "Big Jim". Einig is also credited with building the first horseless carriage in Jacksonville, in 1896.[4]

    Construction

    John Einig was laid down on 1 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1220, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Helen Wrenn Early, wife of White House Press Secretary Stephen Early, and was launched on 14 January 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the United States Navigation Co., on 31 January 1944. On 7 June 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. She was sold, 31 December 1946, to Italy, for $544,506, for commercial use. She was removed from the fleet on 3 January 1947. John Einig was renamed Aida Lauro in 1947. She was scrapped in 1969.[5]

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