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SS Robert Battey
Career (United States)
Name: Robert Battey
Namesake: Robert Battey
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1506
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,450,639[1]
Yard number: 122
Way number: 6
Laid down: 8 October 1943
Launched: 30 November 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Edwin L. Jones
Completed: 10 December 1943
  • Call Signal: KVCD
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Victor.svgICS Charlie.svgICS Delta.svg[1]
  • Ran aground near Mindanao, Philippines, 6 September 1945
  • Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 January 1946
  • Transferred to and laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California, 17 December 1946
  • Transferred to US Navy for target ship, 11 February 1964
  • Status: Presumably sunk as target
    General characteristics [2]
    Class & type:
    • Liberty ship
    • type EC2-S-C1, standard
  • 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)
  • 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
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Robert Battey was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Robert Battey, a Confederate States Army surgeon and later a civilian gynecologist.


    Robert Battey was laid down on 8 October 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1506, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; sponsored by Mrs. Edwin L. Jones, daughter-in-law of J.A Jones secretary treasurer, Edwin L. Jones, and launched on 30 November 1943.[3][1]


    She was allocated to the Cosmopolitan Shipping Co., on 10 December 1943. On or about 6 September 1945, she ran aground near Mindanao, Philippines, and was declared a constructive total loss (CTL). She was refloated and later laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Subic Bay, on 4 January 1946. On 17 December 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, California. It was estimated that it would cost $150,000 to make Robert Battey seaworthy again but there are no records stating that the work was done. On 16 December 1964, the US Navy requested her for use as a target ship. On 11 February 1965, she was withdrawn from the reserve fleet and turned over to the Navy where she was presumably sunk.[4][5]



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