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SS Murray M. Blum
Career (United States)
Name: Murray M. Blum
Namesake: Murray M. Blum
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2381
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $919,943[1]
Yard number: 166
Way number: 2
Laid down: 19 September 1944
Launched: 25 October 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Sylvia Blum
Completed: 7 November 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KTAB
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Tango.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Bravo.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 17 December 1947
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 30 April 1952
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 12 March 1971
    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 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 Murray M. Blum was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Murray M. Blum, the radio operator of SS Leonidas Polk who drowned, 3 December 1943, attempting to save an overboard crewman.

    Construction

    Murray M. Blum was laid down on 19 September 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2381, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Sylvia Blum, the mother of the ships namesake, and launched on 25 October 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Mississippi Shipping Co., Inc., on 7 November 1944. On 17 December 1947, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Beaumont, Texas. On 30 April 1952, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Mobile, Alabama. On 12 March 1971, she was sold for $44,100, to Pinto Island Metals Company, for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 8 April 1971.[4][5]

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