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SS Richard V. Oulahan
Career (United States)
Name: Richard V. Oulahan
Namesake: Richard V. Oulahan
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Black Diamond Steamship Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2297
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $970,129[1]
Yard number: 38
Way number: 4
Laid down: 26 February 1944
Launched: 11 April 1944
Completed: 11 May 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KWWA
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Alpha.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Grounded during typhoon, 17 September 1945
  • Declared constructive total loss (CTL), 17 September 1945
  • Status:
  • Abandoned, 5 November 1945
  • Sold for scrapping, 19 February 1948
  • 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 Iron Fireman Manufacturing Co., Portland, Oregon)
  • 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 Richard V. Oulahan was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Richard V. Oulahan, a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the New York Times.

    Construction

    Richard V. Oulahan was laid down on 26 February 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2297, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 11 April 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Black Diamond Steamship Co., on 11 May 1944. On 16 September 1945, she ran aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, during typhoon Ida. She was declared a constructive total loss (CTL) the same day and abandoned 5 November 1945. On 6 February 1948, she was sold for $100 to China Merchants and Engineers, Inc., for scrapping.[4][5]

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