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SS Stepas Darius
Career (United States)
Name: Stepas Darius
Namesake: Steponas Darius
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: William J. Rountree & Company
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2320
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $989,881[1]
Yard number: 61
Way number: 6
Laid down: 14 August 1944
Launched: 25 Septembert 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Harley Ferguson
Completed: 10 October 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: WSSW
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Whiskey.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 27 June 1946
Status: Sold for commercial use, 10 January 1947, withdrawn from fleet, 24 January 1947
Career  Panama
Name: MANDO
Owner: Compania de Navegacion Phoceana de Panama
Status: Grounded, 21 January 1955
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 Stepas Darius was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Steponas Darius, a Lithuanian American pilot, who died in a non-stop flight attempt with Lituanica from New York City to Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1933.

    Construction

    Stepas Darius was laid down on 14 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2320, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Harley Ferguson, wife of assistant general manager JAJCC; and launched on 25 September 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to William J. Rountree & Company, 9 October 1944. On 27 June 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia.[4]

    She was sold, on 10 January 1947, to Compania de Navegacion Phocena de Panama, for $562,854.89 and commercial use, she was renamed Mando. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 15 January 1947.[4] On 21 January 1955, while sailing from Hampton Roads to Rotterdam, with 9,000 st (130,000 lb; 57,000 kg) of coal, she ran aground off the Round Island, Scilly Islands, when her engines failed. She was declared a total loss.[5]

    Wreck located at: 49°34′58″N 6°12′05″W / 49.5827°N 06.2015°W / 49.5827; -06.2015Coordinates: 49°34′58″N 6°12′05″W / 49.5827°N 06.2015°W / 49.5827; -06.2015

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