SS Pierre L'Enfant

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Career
Name: SS Pierre L'Enfant
Namesake: Pierre L'Enfant
Builder: Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland[1]
Laid down: 17 May 1943
Launched: 11 June 1943
Fate: Sold, 1947
Wrecked, 1970
General characteristics
Type: Liberty ship
Tonnage: 7,000 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3419 m)
Draft: 27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)
Propulsion: 2 × oil-fired boilers
Triple expansion steam engine, 2,500 hp (1,864 kW)
single screw
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity: 9,140 tons cargo
Complement: 41
Armament: • 1 × 4 in (100 mm) deck gun
• Variety of anti-aircraft guns

SS Pierre L'Enfant (Hull Number 1001) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Pierre L'Enfant, a French-born American architect who designed what is today Washington D.C.

The ship was laid down on 17 May 1943, and launched on 11 June 1943. The ship survived the war, even shooting down three enemy aircraft,[2] and was sold into private ownership in 1947. However, in 1970, the ship was wrecked and subsequently abandoned.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bethlehem Fairfield". shipbuildinghistory.com. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Liberty Ship Pierre L’Enfant in Action in the Mediterranean". www.usmm.org. Retrieved 2009-11-28.