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SS Newton D. Baker
Career (United States)
Name: Newton D. Baker
Namesake: Newton D. Baker
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1520
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $2,258,166[1]
Yard number: 2
Way number: 2
Laid down: 3 September 1942
Launched: 25 February 1943
Sponsored by: Rose Jones
Completed: 6 April 1943
Identification:
  • Call Signal: KIFC
  • ICS Kilo.svgICS India.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Charlie.svg[1]
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 1 October 1947
Status: Sold for scrapping, 2 January 1968
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 Newton D. Baker was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Newton D. Baker, a lawyer, the 37th Mayor of Cleveland, and the United States Secretary of War, during World War I.

    Construction[]

    Newton D. Baker was laid down on 3 September 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1520, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; sponsored by Rose Jones, the wife of the James Addison Jones, the founder J.A. Jones Construction Co., she was launched on 25 February 1943.[3][1]

    History[]

    She was allocated to Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc., on 6 April 1943. On 1 October 1947, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama. On 2 January 1968, she was sold for $46,320 to Union Minerals & Alloys, Co., to be scrapped. She was removed from the fleet on 29 January 1968.[4]

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