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SS Stephen Smith
Career (United States)
Name: Stephen Smith
Namesake: Stephen Smith
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: American West African Line Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2326
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $928,380[1]
Yard number: 67
Way number: 6
Laid down: 26 September 1944
Launched: 31 October 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Edward Overcash
Completed: 13 November 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KYUH
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Yankee.svgICS Uniform.svgICS Hotel.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 7 May 1946
  • Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 26 February 1948
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 19 February 1960, withdrawn from the fleet, 28 March 1960
    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 Filer & Stowell Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • 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 Stephen Smith was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Stephen Smith.

    Construction

    Stephen Smith was laid down on 26 September 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2326, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Edward Overcash, wife of superintendent marine and electrical facilities, and launched on 31 October 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to American West African Line Inc., 13 November 1944. On 7 May 1946, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 26 February 1948, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Wilmington, North Carolina.[4] She was sold for scrapping, 19 February 1960, to Bethlehem Steel, for $70,161. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 28 March 1960.[4]

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