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SS Nicholas Biddle
Career (United States)
Name: Nicholas Biddle
Namesake: Nicholas Biddle
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: International Freighting Corp.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 917
Awarded: 1 January 1942
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Cost: $1,045,728[2]
Yard number: 2067
Way number: 7
Laid down: 11 August 1942
Launched: 22 September 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. R.E. Anderson
Completed: 30 September 1942
Identification:
  • Call sign: KHNT
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Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas, 18 June 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 15 March 1962, withdrawn from fleet, 3 April 1962
General characteristics [3]
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 Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp, Harrison, New Jersey)
  • 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 Nicholas Biddle was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Nicholas Biddle, an American financier who served as the third and last president of the Second Bank of the United States. He also served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He is best known for his role in the Bank War.

    Construction[]

    Nicholas Biddle was laid down on 11 August 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MCE hull 917, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; she was sponsored by Mrs. R.E. Anderson, the wife of MARCOM's director of finance, and was launched on 22 September 1942.[1][2]

    History[]

    She was allocated to Seas Shipping Co., Inc., on 30 September 1942. On 15 December 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas. On 15 March 1962, she was sold for scrapping to Commercial Metals Co., for $52,444.44. She was removed from the fleet on 3 April 1962.[4]

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