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SS Raymond Clapper
Career (United States)
Name: Raymond Clapper
Namesake: Raymond Clapper
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: T.J. Stevenson & Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2479
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,087,111[2]
Yard number: 43
Way number: 1
Laid down: 17 April 1944
Launched: 22 May 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Jane Clapper
Completed: 13 June 1944
  • Call sign: WOEW
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Status: Sold for commercial use, 12 June 1947
Career (United States)
Name: T.J. Stevenson
Namesake: T.J. Stevenson
Owner: Ocean Freighting & Brokerage Corp.
Fate: Sold, 1954
Career (Liberia)
Name: Shamrock
Owner: Shamrock Steamship Corp.
Fate: Sold, 1954
Career (1954-1960)
  • Master Nicky (1954-1960)
  • Thrylos (1960-1965)
Owner: Niki Cia. Nav., SA
Fate: Sold, 1965
Career (Greece)
Name: Elias Dayfas II
Owner: Volbay Navigation, SA
Operator: Daymark Shiping Agency
Fate: Abandoned, 7 May 1966, presumed sunk

SS Raymond Clapper was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Raymond Clapper, a commentator and news analyst for both radio and newspapers.


Raymond Clapper was laid down on 17 April 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2479, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Miss Jane Clapper, the daughter of the namesake, and was launched on 23 May 1944.[1][2]


She was allocated to the T.J. Stevenson & Co.Inc., on 13 June 1944. She was sold for commercial use, 12 June 1947, to Ocean Freighting & Brokerage Corp., and renamed T.J. Stevenson. After several name and owner changes on 7 May 1966, named Elias Dayfas II, she was abandoned off the Yucatán Peninsula, near 21°09′N 86°28′W / 21.15°N 86.467°W / 21.15; -86.467, after developing leaks. She was taken in tow but later broke loose and was presumed sunk.[3]



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