SS Benjamin Harrison

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Career (United States)
Name: SS Benjamin Harrison
Namesake: Benjamin Harrison
Laid down: 27 September 1941
Launched: 24 January 1942
Fate: Lost after she was torpeoded then scuttled in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1943.
Notes: Liberty Ship - Hull Number 25
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,000 tons deadweight
Length: 441 ft 6 in (135 m)
Beam: 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3 m)
Draft: 27 ft 9.25 in (8.5 m)
Propulsion: Two oil-fired boilers,
triple-expansion steam engine,
single screw, 2500 horsepower (1.9 MW)
Speed: 11 to 11.5 knots (20 to 21 km/h)
Complement: 41
Armament: Stern-mounted 4 in (102 mm) deck gun for use against surfaced submarines, variety of anti-aircraft guns.
Notes: 9,140 tons cargo

The SS Benjamin Harrison (Hull Number 25) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Benjamin Harrison, the twenty-third President of the United States.

The ship was laid down on 27 September 1941, then launched on 24 January 1942. She was loaded with stores for Allied forces in North Africa and sailed from Hampton Roads on 4 March 1943 with convoy UGS 6. She was torpedoed by U-172 during the only successful wolf pack attack on the trans-Atlantic UG convoys. Three of her crew perished, and she was scuttled on 16 March 1943.[1][2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rohwer, J. and Hummelchen, G. Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945 Naval Institute Press 1992 ISBN 1-55750-105-X p.199
  2. ^ Hague, Arnold The Allied Convoy System 1939-1945 Naval Institute Press 2000 ISBN 1-55750-019-3 pp.180-181

References[edit]

  • Arnold Hague : The Allied Convoy System 1939-1945 (2000). ISBN (Canada) 1 55125 033 0 . ISBN (UK) 1 86176 147 3
  • Rohwer, J. and Hummelchen, G. (1992). Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-105-X. 

Coordinates: 39°1′N 24°14′W / 39.017°N 24.233°W / 39.017; -24.233