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SS Dwight W. Morrow
Career (United States)
Name: Dwight W. Morrow
Namesake: Dwight W. Morrow
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Sprague Steamship Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1206
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[1]
Cost: $1,766,458[2]
Yard number: 14
Way number: 2
Laid down: 5 July 1943
Launched: 21 September 1943
Sponsored by: Elizabeth Cutter Morrow
Completed: 5 October 1943
  • Call sign: KTNV
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS Tango.svgICS November.svgICS Victor.svg[2]
  • Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 13 October 1945
  • Laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28 August 1948
  • Status: Sold for scrapping, 4 April 1968, removed from fleet, 16 May 1968
    General characteristics [3]
    Class & type:
    • Liberty ship
    • type EC2-S-C1, standard
  • 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)
  • 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
    • Stern-mounted 4"/50 caliber (102 mm) gun for use against surfaced submarines
    • variety of anti-aircraft guns

    SS Dwight W. Morrow was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Dwight W. Morrow, an American businessman, diplomat, and politician. Morrow was a partner in J.P. Morgan & Co., served as United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1927 to 1930, and was a US Senator from New Jersey from 1930 to 1931.


    Dwight W. Morrow was laid down on 5 July 1943, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1206, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; she was sponsored by Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, the widow of the namesake, she was launched on 21 September 1943.[1][2]


    She was allocated to Sprague Steamship Co., on 5 October 1943. On 13 October 1945, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, with an estimated $37,500 in damage. She was laid up in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28 August 1948. She was sold for scrapping, on 4 April 1968, to Union Minerals and Alloys. She was listed as removed from the fleet on 16 May 1968. A telegram dated 27 February 1970, declares that she wasn't removed until this date, and sold to Horton Industries, Inc. The telegram goes on to say that with the removal of Dwight W. Morrow, the last ship remaining at Wilmington, the service of the Wilmington Reserve Fleet was complete after twenty-three and a half years.[4]



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