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SS W. P. Few
Career (United States)
Name: W.P. Few
Namesake: William Preston Few
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2363
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,035,580[1]
Yard number: 148
Way number: 2
Laid down: 1 May 1944
Launched: 22 June 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. J. Elmer Long
Completed: 3 July 1944
Identification:
  • Call Signal: WQAE
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Quebec.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Echo.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 19 April 1946
Status: Sold for scrapping, 18 September 1958
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 W. P. Few was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William Preston Few, the first president of Duke University.

    Construction

    W.P. Few was laid down on 1 May 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2363, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. J. Elmer Long, and launched on 22 June 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the Isbrandtsen Steamship Co. Inc., on 3 July 1944. On 19 April 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Mobile, Alabama. On 18 September 1958, she was sold, along with 35 other Liberty ships, to Bethlehem Steel, for $2,666,680, for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 19 February 1959.[4][5]

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