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SS Wendell L. Willkie
Career (United States)
Name: Wendell L. Willkie
Namesake: Wendell L. Willkie
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Stockard Steamship Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2333
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $855,926[1]
Yard number: 74
Way number: 1
Laid down: 8 November 1944
Launched: 9 December 1944
Completed: 21 December 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: ANBQ
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS November.svgICS Bravo.svgICS Quebec.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 26 July 1949
  • Returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 17 March 1952
  • Status:
  • Removed from fleet, 18 January 1952
  • Sold for scrapping, 12 January 1970, withdrawn from fleet, 10 March 1970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 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 Wendell L. Willkie was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Wendell L. Willkie, an American lawyer, corporate executive, and the 1940 Republican nominee for President.

    Construction

    Wendell L. Willkie was laid down on 8 November 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2333, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; and launched on 9 December 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to the Stockard Steamship Corp., 21 December 1944. On 26 July 1949, she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama.[4] After a return to service 18 January 1952, she was returned to the Mobile Reserve Fleet, 17 March 1952. She was sold for scrapping, 12 January 1970, to Pinto Island Metals Co., for $44,000. She was withdrawn from the fleet, 10 March 1970.[4]

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