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SS Walter W. Schwenk
Career (United States)
Name: Walter W. Schwenk
Namesake: Walter W. Schwenk
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: United States Lines Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 3144
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida[1]
Cost: $876,300[2]
Yard number: 104
Way number: 6
Laid down: 9 June 1945
Launched: 21 July 1945
Completed: 22 August 1945
Identification:
  • Call sign: AOFF
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS Oscar.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Foxtrot.svg[2]
Fate:
  • Placed in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California, 24 August 1946
  • Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 10 August 1949
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 22 February 1972, removed from fleet, 3 March 1972
    General characteristics [3]
    Class & type:
    Tonnage:
  • 10,600 LT DWT
  • 7,200 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:
    • 490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)
    Complement: 41
    Armament:
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Walter W. Schwenk was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Walter W. Schwenk, a World War I Navy veteran. Before World War II Schwenk worked with Blake Line, Consolidated Navigation Corporation, and Southgate–Nelson Corporation. In 1940, he joined the US Maritime Commission (MARCOM), and later the War Shipping Administration (WSA), February 1942. On 15 April 1944, he was appointed the Atlantic Coast director of the WSA, responsible for all cargo and ship movement on the East Coast.[4]

    Construction

    Walter W. Schwenk was laid down on 9 June 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 3144, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 21 July 1945.[1][2]

    History

    She was allocated to United States Lines Co., 22 August 1945. On 24 August 1946, she was placed in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California. On 10 August 1949, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. She was sold for scrapping, 22 February 1972, to Pinto Island Metals Co., for $36,500. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 3 March 1972.[5]

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