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SS Dwight L. Moody
Career (United States)
Name: Dwight L. Moody
Namesake: Dwight L. Moody
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1526
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $1,847,690[1]
Yard number: 8
Way number: 2
Laid down: 4 March 1943
Launched: 28 June 1943
Completed: 24 July 1943
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KORS
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Oscar.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Sierra.svg[1]
Fate:
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 29 May 1946
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 23 January 1950
  • Status: Turned over to Texas, for use as artificial reef, 1 July 1975
    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 Vulcan Iron Works, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
  • 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 Dwight L. Moody was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Dwight L. Moody, evangelist, publisher, the founder of the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, now Northfield Mount Hermon School, the Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers.

    Construction[]

    Dwight L. Moody was laid down on 4 March 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1526, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 28 June 1943.[3][1]

    History[]

    She was allocated to Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., on 24 July 1943. On 29 May 1946, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in the James River Group. On 23 January 1950, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Beaumont, Texas. On 1 July 1975, she was turned over to the state of Texas, for use as an artificial reef. She was removed from the fleet on 9 July 1975.[4]

    She was sunk on 6 April 1976, at 28°06′58″N 96°05′14″W / 28.11611°N 96.08722°W / 28.11611; -96.08722 (SS Dwight L. Moody)Coordinates: 28°06′58″N 96°05′14″W / 28.11611°N 96.08722°W / 28.11611; -96.08722 (SS Dwight L. Moody), along with her sister ships Jim Bridger, sunk on 15 June 1976, and George Dewey, sunk on 25 April 1976.[5]

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