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SS Thomas B. King
Career (United States)
Name: Thomas B. King
Namesake: Thomas B. King
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2369
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,036,617[1]
Yard number: 154
Way number: 2
Laid down: 23 June 1944
Launched: 7 August 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Franklin D. Aikens
Completed: 19 August 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: WSKL
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Kilo.svgICS Lima.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 19 March 1948
  • Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 29 June 1953
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 15 May 1970
    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 Joshua Hendy Iron Works, Sunnyvale, California)
  • 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 Thomas B. King was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Thomas B. King, a United States Representative from Georgia.

    Construction

    Thomas B. King was laid down on 23 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2369, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Franklin D. Aikens, and launched on 7 August 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Wessel Duval & Company, on 19 August 1944. On 8 June 1950, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Wilmington, North Carolina. On 19 June 1953, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1953", she relocated to the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, loaded with grain on 29 June 1953. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 11 April 1956, to have the grain unloaded and returned empty on 18 April 1956. On 8 August 1956, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1956", she returned loaded with grain on 23 August 1956. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 18 March 1961, to have the grain unloaded and returned empty on 26 March 1961. On 5 August 1961, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1961", she returned loaded with grain on 17 August 1961. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 7 August 1963, to have the grain unloaded and returned empty on 12 August 1963. On 15 May 1970, she was sold for scrapping to Union Minerals & Alloys Co.. She was removed from the fleet on 9 July 1970.[4][5]

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