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SS John J. Crittenden
Career (United States)
Name: John J. Crittenden
Namesake: John J. Crittenden
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: A.H. Bull & Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1196
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $2,314,420[2]
Yard number: 4
Way number: 4
Laid down: 15 October 1942
Launched: 7 May 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Earl D.Page
Completed: 24 June 1943
  • Call sign: KIUV
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Fate: Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 10 July 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 4 April 1968, withdrawn from fleet, 15 May 1968
General characteristics [3]
Class & type:
  • Liberty ship
  • type EC2-S-C1, standard
  • 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)
  • 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
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS John J. Crittenden was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John J. Crittenden, an American politician from Kentucky. He represented the state in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate and twice served as United States Attorney General in the administrations of William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Millard Fillmore. He was also the 17th governor of Kentucky and served in the state legislature.


    John J. Crittenden was laid down on 15 October 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1196, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. Earl D. Page, the wife of the treasurer of the St. John's River SB Co., she was launched on 7 May 1943.[1][2]


    She was allocated to A.H. Bull & Co., Inc., on 24 June 1943. On 10 July 1948, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina. She was sold for scrapping, on 4 April 1968, to Union Minerals and Alloys. She was delivered, 15 May 1968.[4]



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