SS Stephen Furdek

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History
United States
Name: Stephen Furdek
Namesake: Stephen Furdek
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Merchants & Miners Transportation Company
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2299
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $991,203[1]
Yard number: 40
Way number: 1
Laid down: 16 March 1944
Launched: 28 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Virginia Dickerman
Completed: 23 May 1944
Identification:
Fate: Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama, 27 September 1948
Status: Sold for scrapping, 13 May 1970
General characteristics [2]
Class and type:
Tonnage:
Displacement:
Length:
  • 441 feet 6 inches (135 m) oa
  • 416 feet (127 m) pp
  • 427 feet (130 m) lwl
Beam: 57 feet (17 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:
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity:
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)
Complement:
Armament:

SS Stephen Furdek was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Stephen Furdek, a Roman Catholic priest, co-founder of the First Catholic Slovak Union, commonly known as Jednota, and an ardent activist for Slovak identity and nationhood.

Construction[edit]

Stephen Furdek was laid down on 16 March 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2299, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 28 April 1944.[3][1]

History[edit]

She was allocated to Merchants & Miners Transportation Company, on 23 May 1944. On 27 September 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, in Mobile, Alabama. On 13 May 1970, she was sold, along with one other ship, for $61,202.08 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., for scrapping. She was withdrawn from the fleet on 1 June 1970.[4][5]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Stephen Furdek". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  • "SS Stephen Furdek". Retrieved 12 December 2017.