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SS Ralph A. Cram
File:Huta Oxtroviec IMO 5157200 G Kiel-Kanal 1969.JPG
Huta Ostroviec in 1969
Career (United States)
Name: Ralph A. Cram
Namesake: Ralph A. Cram
Builder: California Shipbuilding Corp.
Completed: 1943
Commissioned: 1943
Renamed:
  • Atlantico, 1947
  • Huta Ostroviec, 1963
Fate: Scrapped, 1973
General characteristics
Class & type: Liberty ship
Displacement: 14,245 long tons (14,474 t)[1]
Length:
  • 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m) o/a
  • 417 ft 9 in (127.33 m) p/p
  • 427 ft (130 m) w/l[1]
Beam: 57 ft (17 m)[1]
Draft: 27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)[1]
Propulsion:
  • Two oil-fired boilers
  • Triple-expansion steam engine
  • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
  • Single screw
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)[1]
Range: 20,000 nmi (37,000 km; 23,000 mi)
Capacity: 10,856 t (10,685 long tons) deadweight (DWT)[1]
Crew: 81[1]
Armament: Stern-mounted 4 in (100 mm) deck gun for use against surfaced submarines, variety of anti-aircraft guns

SS Ralph A. Cram was an American Liberty ship built in 1943 for service in World War II. Her namesake was Ralph Adams Cram, an influential American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings.

Design[]

Like other Liberty ships, she was 441 feet (134 m) long and 56 feet (17 m) wide, carried 9000 tons of cargo and had a top speed of 11 knots (20 km/h). Most Liberty ships were named after prominent deceased Americans.[2]

Construction and career[]

This particular ship was built by California Shipbuilding Corporation in Los Angeles. She was completed and commissioned in 1943.

After the war, she was sold to commercial service and renamed Atlantico in 1947.

Later again sold to Polish Steamship Company in 1963 and renamed Huta Ostroviec.

She was scrapped in 1973.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Davies, James (2012). "Liberty Cargo Ships". ww2ships.com. p. 23. http://ww2ships.com/acrobat/us-os-001-f-r00.pdf. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. "Liberty Ships built by the United States Maritime Commission in World War II". usmm.org. 2008. http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html#anchor446731. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  3. Miramar Ship Index

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