SS Hope

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
SS Hope
S S Hope.jpg
Career (United States)
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Chester, Pennsylvania
Acquired: 1958
In service: 1960
Out of service: 1974
General characteristics
Class and type: Haven-class hospital ship
Displacement: 11,141 tons (light)
15,000 tons (full load)
Length: 520 ft (160 m)
Beam: 71 ft 6 in (21.79 m)
Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbine engines, single screw
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)

SS Hope was a hospital ship operated by Project HOPE (USA).[1]

Hope was originally built as a US Navy hospital ship, USS Consolation (AH-15). Consolation was donated to Project Hope in 1958, and served from 1960 until 1974, when she was retired. Hope was not replaced, and Project HOPE emphasis switched entirely to land-based operations.


One special piece of equipment was a machine called the Iron Cow. Using distilled seawater, combined with milk solids and butterfat, it was capable of turning out 2500 gallons of milk daily.

Works about Hope[edit]

  • Walsh, William B. (1964). A Ship called Hope. Dutton. OCLC 1374141. 
  • —— (1966). Yanqui, come back! The story of Hope in Peru. Dutton. OCLC 881451. 
  • —— (1970). Hope in the East: the mission to Ceylon. Dutton. 
  • ——; Meltzer, Richard S; Lucey, Dennis (1974). Medicine and the satellite: a description of the 1973 satellite experiments aboard the S.S. Hope. Project Hope. 
  • Rheinstein, Fred (director); Bellamy, Ralph. Title unknown (Documentary film). NBC. 


  1. ^ "History of Project Hope". Retrieved 2013-08-20.