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SS Mary Cullom Kimbro
Career (United States)
Name:
  • Mary Cullom Kimbro
  • Corporal Eric G. Gibson
Namesake:
  • Mary Cullom Kimbro
  • Eric G. Gibson
  • Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
    Operator: United Fruit Co.
    Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 2349
    Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
    Cost: $1,109,568[2]
    Yard number: 90
    Way number: 6
    Laid down: 21 February 1945
    Launched: 6 April 1945
    Completed: 24 April 1945
    Renamed: 1945
    Refit: converted to US Army repair ship, 1945
    Identification:
    • Call sign: ANTL
    • ICS Alpha.svgICS November.svgICS Tango.svgICS Lima.svg[2]
    Fate:
  • Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 12 July 1949
  • Status:
  • Transferred to US Navy, removed from fleet, 25 April 1967
  • Scuttled, May 1970
  • General characteristics [3]
    Class & type:
    Tonnage:
  • 10,600 LT DWT
  • 7,200 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 Joshua Hendy Iron Works, Sunnyvale, California)
  • 1 × screw propeller
  • Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
    Capacity:
    • 490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)
    Complement: 41
    Armament:
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Mary Cullom Kimbro was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Mary Cullom Kimbro, a stewardess on board the passenger ship City of Birmingham when she was sunk by U-202, 1 July 1942.[4]

    Construction

    Mary Cullom Kimbro was laid down on 21 February 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2349, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 6 April 1945.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to United Fruit Co., on 24 April 1945. She was converted to an Army repair ship and renamed Corporal Eric G. Gibson, 1945. On 12 July 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York. She was transferred to the US Navy, 25 April 1967, for use as an Ammunition Disposal Ship. She was scuttled with obsolete ammunition off the coast of Virginia, 15 June 1967.[5][6][7]

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