|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|
|Laid down:||29 September 1943|
|Launched:||24 November 1943|
|Completed:||31 December 1943|
|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 |
|Class & type:||type Z-EC2-S-C2, army tank transport|
|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)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)|
|Capacity:||10,800 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
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.
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.
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- Maritime Administration. "Sarah J. Hale". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. https://vesselhistory.marad.dot.gov/sh/ShipHistory/Detail/4428.
- Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)". p. 23. http://www.ww2ships.com/acrobat/us-os-001-f-r00.pdf.
- "SS Sarah J. Hale". http://usmaritimecommission.de/.
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