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SS Roy James Cole
Career (United States)
Name: Roy James Cole
Namesake: Roy James Cole
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2403
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $931,476[1]
Yard number: 188
Way number: 6
Laid down: 23 January 1945
Launched: 28 February 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Kenneth H. Cole
Completed: 17 March 1945
Identification:
  • Call Signal: ANMX
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS November.svgICS Mike.svgICS X-ray.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 3 August 1949
Status: Sold for commercial use, 2 March 1951
Career (United States)
Name: North Heaven
Operator: Merchants Steamship Corp.
Acquired: 3 August 1949
Fate: Sold, 4 February 1954
Career (United States)
Operator: Delphi Steamship Co.
Acquired: 4 February 1954
Fate: Sold, September 1954
Career (Liberia)
Acquired: September 1954
Fate: Scrapped, 1970
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 Roy James Cole was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Roy James Cole, who was lost at sea while he was the Chief engineer on SS Expositor, after she was torpedoed by German submarine U-606, on 22 February 1943, in the North Atlantic.

    Construction

    Roy James Cole was laid down on 23 January 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2403, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Kenneth H. Cole, sister-in-law namesake, and launched on 28 February 1945.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the Blidberg & Rothchild Co. Inc., on 17 March 1945. On 3 August 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Beaumont, Texas. On 2 March 1951, she was sold to Merchants Steamship Corp., for commercial use and renamed North Heaven. On 4 February 1954, she was sold to Delphi Steamship Co.. In September 1954, she was sold to a Liberian shipping company. She was scrapped in 1970.[4][5]

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