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SS William B. Woods
Career (United States)
Name: William B. Woods
Namesake: William B. Woods
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: A. H. Bull & Company, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1490
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $2,740,069[1]
Yard number: 106
Way number: 2
Laid down: 6 July 1942
Launched: 13 March 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Emil J. Kratt
Completed: 7 May 1943
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KHQC
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Quebec.svgICS Charlie.svg[1]
Fate: Torpedoed off Italy, 10 March 1944
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 William B. Woods was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. Named after William B. Woods, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and a member of the Ohio General Assembly.

    Construction

    William B. Woods was laid down on 21 July 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1490, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; sponsored by Mrs.Emil J.Kratt, and launched on 7 April 1943.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to A. H. Bull & Company, Inc. on 31 May 1943. On 10 March 1944, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-952 near Palermo, Italy, 38°25′48″N 13°30′00″E / 38.43°N 13.50°E / 38.43; 13.50Coordinates: 38°25′48″N 13°30′00″E / 38.43°N 13.50°E / 38.43; 13.50, with the loss of one US Navy Armed Guard and fifty-one US Army personnel.[4][5]

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