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SS Samuel Chase
Career (United States)
Name: Samuel Chase
Namesake: Samuel Chase
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American-Hawaiian Steamship Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 23
Awarded: 14 March 1941
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Cost: $1,236,111[2]
Yard number: 2010
Way number: 10
Laid down: 12 September 1941
Launched: 22 February 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. Lester E. Voss
Completed: 11 April 1942
Identification:
  • Call sign: KBYU
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Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 14 June 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 19 January 1967, withdrawn from fleet, 26 January 1967
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 Samuel Chase was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Samuel Chase, an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland.

    Construction

    Samuel Chase was laid down on 12 September 1941, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MCE hull 23, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; she was sponsored by Mrs. Lester E. Voss, the wife of the resident plant engineer at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, and was launched on 22 February 1942.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to American-Hawaiian Steamship Co., on 11 April 1942. On 14 June 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina. She was sold for scrapping on 19 January 1967, to Northern Metal Co., for $46,000. She was removed from the fleet, 26 January 1967.[4]

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