|SS Caesar Rodney|
|Career (United States)|
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||International Freighting Corp.|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 916|
|Awarded:||1 January 1942|
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Laid down:||9 August 1942|
|Launched:||21 September 1942|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Frank W. Burgess|
|Completed:||30 September 1942|
|Fate:||Laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 14 May 1946|
|Status:||Sold for scrapping, 24 November 1959, withdrawn from fleet, 29 January 1960|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||
|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)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)|
|Capacity:||10,800 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
SS Caesar Rodney was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Caesar Rodney, an American lawyer and politician from St. Jones Neck in Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, east of Dover. He was an officer of the Delaware militia during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Delaware, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and President of Delaware during most of the American Revolution.
Caesar Rodney was laid down on 9 August 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MCE hull 916, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; she was sponsored by Mrs. Frank W. Burgess, the wife of a yard employee, and was launched on 21 September 1942.
She was allocated to International Freighting Corp., on 30 September 1942. On 15 December 1948, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. On 24 November 1959, she was sold for scrapping to Walsh Construction Co., for $73,825. She was removed from the fleet on 29 January 1960.
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- Maritime Administration. "Caesar Rodney". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. https://vesselhistory.marad.dot.gov/ShipHistory/Detail/649.
- Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)". p. 23. http://www.ww2ships.com/acrobat/us-os-001-f-r00.pdf.
- "SS Caesar Rodney". http://usmaritimecommission.de/query.php?datalist=1&typeofquery=Name%20of%20Ship&valueofquery=Caesar%20Rodney&code=B0916a.
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