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SS William P. Duval
Career (United States)
Name: William P. Duval
Namesake: William P. Duval
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Blidberg & Rothchild Co.Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2319
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,043,714[1]
Yard number: 60
Way number: 4
Laid down: 10 August 1944
Launched: 15 September 1944
Sponsored by: Mary Caldwell
Completed: 29 September 1944
Identification:
  • Call sign: KSSQ
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Fate: Sold for commercial use, 10 January 1947, withdrawn from fleet, 13 January 1947
Career  Italy
Name: Vesuvio
Namesake: Mount Vesuvius
Owner: Società di navigazione Italia
Fate: Scrapped, 1973
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 P. Duval was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William P. Duval, the first civilian governor of the Florida Territory.

    Construction

    William P. Duval was laid down on 10 August 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2319, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Mary Caldwell, wife of then Florida Governor-elect, Millard Caldwell, and launched on 15 September 1944.[3][1]

    History

    She was allocated to Blidberg & Rothchild Co. Inc., 29 September 1944. On 17 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York.[4]

    She was allocated to the Parry Navigation Co., 15 November 1946.[4] She was sold, on 10 January 1947, to Società di navigazione Italia, for $563,117.54 and commercial use. She was flagged in Italy and renamed Vesuvio. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 13 January 1947. She was laid up in 1972 and scrapped in 1973.[4]

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