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SS W. S. Jennings
Career (United States)
Name: W. S. Jennings
Namesake: W. S. Jennings
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Stockard Steamship Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2487
Awarded: 23 April 1943
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $992,949[2]
Yard number: 51
Way number: 3
Laid down: 9 June 1944
Launched: 25 July 1944
Completed: 9 August 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: WRRK
  • ICS Whiskey.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Kilo.svg[2]
Fate:
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 15 December 1949
  • Laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 28 April 1952
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 27 February 1970, withdrawn from fleet, 1 May 1970
    General characteristics [3]
    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. S. Jennings was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after W. S. Jennings, an American politician. He served as the 18th Governor of Florida after being a lawyer, county judge, and state representative.

    Construction

    W. S. Jennings was laid down on 9 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2487, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; and was launched on 25 July 1944.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to the Stockard Steamship Corp., on 9 August 1944. On 15 December 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. On 28 April 1952, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 1 July 1953, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1953", she returned loaded on 17 July 1953. On 17 June 1957, she was withdrawn to be unload, she returned on empty 27 June 1957. On 30 June 1958, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1958", she returned loaded on 8 July 1958. On 17 December 1959, she was withdrawn to be unload, she returned on empty 30 December 1959. On 17 July 1961, she was withdrawn from the fleet to be loaded with grain under the "Grain Program 1961", she returned loaded on 31 July 1961. On 17 January 1964, she was withdrawn to be unload, she returned on empty 30 January 1964. She was sold for scrapping, 27 February 1970, to S.P.A. Cantieri Navali, for $117,625. She was removed from the fleet, 1 May 1970.[4]

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