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SS Robert J. Banks
Career (United States)
Name: Robert J. Banks
Namesake: Robert J. Banks
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2392
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $852,457[1]
Yard number: 177
Way number: 1
Laid down: 21 November 1944
Launched: 20 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. George Buchanan
Completed: 30 December 1944
Fate: Loaned to Norway, 30 December 1944
Career (Norway)
Name: Vadsø
Namesake: Town of Vadsø
Operator: Nortraship
Acquired: 30 December 1944
Fate: Sold to the Netherlands, 9 October 1946
Career (Netherlands)
Name: Libreville
Namesake: City of Libreville
Acquired: 9 October 1946
Fate: Scrapped, 1967
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 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
    Armament:
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Robert J. Banks was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Robert J. Banks.

    Construction

    Robert J. Banks was laid down on 21 November 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2392, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. George Buchanan, and launched on 20 December 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was turned over to Nortraship, on 30 December 1944, reflagged for Norway and renamed Vadsø, after the town of Vadsø, Norway. On 9 October 1946, she was sold for $580,118.63, to the Netherlands. She was reflagged and renamed Libreville after the city of Libreville, French Equatorial Africa, now Gabon. She was scrapped in 1967.[4][5]

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