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SS William Cox (December 1944)
Career (United States)
Name: William Cox
Namesake: William Cox
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2394
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $846,574[1]
Yard number: 179
Way number: 3
Laid down: 4 December 1944
Launched: 30 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Arlee Cox
Completed: 10 January 1945
Identification:
  • Call Signal: ANEV
  • ICS Alpha.svgICS November.svgICS Echo.svgICS Victor.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 3 May 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 6 July 1967
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 Cox was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William Cox, who was lost at sea while he was a fireman on SS David H. Atwater, that was shelled by German submarine U-552, 2 April 1942, off Virginia.

    Construction

    William Cox was laid down on 4 December 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2394, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Arlee Cox, widow of the namesake, and launched on 31 December 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Blidberg & Rothchild Co., Inc., on 10 January 1945. On 3 May 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Wilmington, North Carolina. On 6 July 1967, she was sold, along with her sister ship SS Henry Clay, for $91,340, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, for scrapping. She was removed from the fleet on 28 July 1967.[4][5]

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