SS Timothy Pickering

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Career (USA)
Name: SS Timothy Pickering
Namesake: Timothy Pickering
Builder: Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond No. 2 Yard, Richmond, California[1]
Laid down: 8 October 1941
Launched: 28 March 1942
Fate: Sunk by Aerial torpedo, 1943. While anchored offshore at Avola, Sicily on 13 July 1943 with the loss of 127 British servicemen and a number of United States Merchant seamen. Only one British serviceman servived the explosion.
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 Timothy Pickering (Hull Number 246) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Timothy Pickering, the third United States Secretary of State under George Washington and John Adams.

The ship was laid down on 8 October 1941, then launched on 28 March 1942. She was lost after she was torpedoed from the air off Sicily in 1943.


  1. ^ "Kaiser Permanente No. 2". Retrieved 2009-11-28.