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SS Ora Ellis
Career (United States)
Name: Ora Ellis
Namesake: Ora Ellis
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Polarus Steamship Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 3148
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $853,227[2]
Yard number: 108
Way number: 6
Laid down: 23 July 1945
Launched: 26 September 1945
Completed: 16 October 1945
Identification:
  • Call sign: AOJA
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS Oscar.svgICS Juliet.svgICS Alpha.svg[2]
Fate: Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 3 January 1947
Status: Sold for commercial use, 8 August 1947
Career
Name: Coral Sea
Owner:
  • Coral Steamship Corp.
Status: Sold, January 1951
Career
Name: Sea Coral
Owner:
  • Orion Shipping and Trading Co.
Status: Sold, January 1954
Career  Liberia
Name:
  • Seacoral
  • Andro Coral
Owner: Coral Cia. Armadora
Renamed: 1957
Status: Grounded and sank, 18 May 1960
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 Filer & Stowell Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • 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 Ora Ellis was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Ora Ellis, a Merchant marine killed when U-506 torpedoed SS William C. McTarnahan, 35 mi (56 km) east of Ship Shoal Light, Louisiana, 16 May 1942.[4][5]

    Construction[]

    Ora Ellis was laid down on 23 July 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 3148, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 26 September 1945.[1][2]

    History[]

    She was allocated to Polarus Steamship Co., Inc., on 16 October 1945. On 3 January 1947, she was laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. She was sold, on 8 August 1947, to Coral Steamship Corp., for commercial use and renamed Coral Sea. On 18 May 1960, after having been sold to Coral Cia. Armmadora, renamed Andros Coral, and flagged in Liberia, she sank for a total loss when she was grounded in the Chacao Channel, Chile.[6]

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