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SS Sarah J. Hale
Career (United States)
Name: Sarah J. Hale
Namesake: Sarah J. Hale
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: International Freight Corp.
Ordered: as type (Z-EC2-S-C2) hull, MC hull 1538
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,556,155[1]
Yard number: 20
Way number: 6
Laid down: 29 September 1943
Launched: 24 November 1943
Completed: 31 December 1943
  • Call Signal: KVCF
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Victor.svgICS Charlie.svgICS Foxtrot.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia, 1 October 1945
Status: Sold for scrapping, 31 Jul 1972
General characteristics [2]
Class & type: type Z-EC2-S-C2, army tank transport
  • 10,865 LT DWT
  • 7,176 GRT
  • 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 Sarah J. Hale was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Sarah J. Hale, the author of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb", she campaigned for the creation of the American holiday known as Thanksgiving and for the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument, editor of Ladies' Magazine, and founder of the Seaman's Aid Society in 1833, to assist the surviving families of Boston sailors who died at sea.


    Sarah J. Hale was laid down on 29 September 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1538, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 24 November 1943.[3][1]


    She was allocated to International Freight Corp., on 31 December 1943. On 1 October 1945, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 31 July 1972, she was sold for $77,100 to N.V. Intershitra, Rotterdam, for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 25 August 1972.[4][5]



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