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SS Robert Mills
Career (United States)
Name: Robert Mills
Namesake: Robert Mills
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Alcoa Steamship Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2498
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $964,345[2]
Yard number: 62
Way number: 2
Laid down: 30 August 1944
Launched: 5 October 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Cecil L. McCall
Completed: 14 October 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KTEY
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Tango.svgICS Echo.svgICS Yankee.svg[2]
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 16 October 1948
Status: Sold for artificial reef program, 21 May 1975, withdrawn from fleet, 28 May 1975
General characteristics [3]
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 Mills was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Robert Mills, a South Carolina architect known for designing both the first Washington Monument, located in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as the better known Washington Monument in the nation's capital, Washington, DC.

    Construction

    Robert Mills was laid down on 30 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2498, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Mrs. Cecil L. McCall, the wife of St. Johns River SBC's leaderman, and was launched on 5 October 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the Alcoa Steamship Co., Inc., on 14 October 1944. On 21 October 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. She was transferred for use as an artificial reef, 21 May 1975, to the state of Alabama. She was removed from the fleet, 28 May 1975. She was sunk 24 October 1975, at 30°04′6″N 88°06′45″W / 30.06833°N 88.1125°W / 30.06833; -88.1125Coordinates: 30°04′6″N 88°06′45″W / 30.06833°N 88.1125°W / 30.06833; -88.1125.[4]

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