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SS John Gorrie
Career (United States)
Name: John Gorrie
Namesake: John Gorrie
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Waterman Steamship Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1194
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $2,557,072[2]
Yard number: 2
Way number: 2
Laid down: 29 August 1942
Launched: 27 March 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Denis J. O'Mahoney
Completed: 24 May 1943
Identification:
  • Call sign: KITY
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Fate: Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon, 22 September 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 14 August 1967, removed from fleet, 31 August 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 John Gorrie was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John Gorrie, an American physician, scientist, inventor of mechanical cooling, and humanitarian.

    Construction

    John Gorrie was laid down on 29 August 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1194, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. Denis J. O'Mahoney, the wife of the general manager of the St. John's River SB Co., she was launched on 27 March 1943.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to South Atlantic Steamship Line, on 24 May 1943. On 22 September 1948, she was laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, Oregon. On 1 June 1954, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1954", she returned loaded with grain on 23 June 1954. She was again withdrawn from the fleet on 8 August 1957, to have the grain unloaded, she returned empty on 12 August 1957. She was sold for scrapping, on 14 August 1967, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., for $54,001. She was removed from the fleet on 31 August 1967.[4]

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