SS Cassius Hudson

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History
United States
Name: Cassius Hudson
Namesake: Cassius Hudson
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2373
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,032,241[1]
Yard number: 158
Way number: 6
Laid down: 22 July 1944
Launched: 31 August 1944
Sponsored by: Miss Frances Hudson
Completed: 14 September 1944
Identification:
Fate: Struck a mine off Gibraltar, 16 October 1946
Status: Sold for scrapping, 20 February 1948
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 Cassius Hudson was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Cassius Hudson, a Farm Demonstration Agent for the North Carolina Extension Service and developer of 4-H Youth Development programs.

Construction[edit]

Cassius Hudson was laid down on 22 July 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2373, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Miss Frances Hudson, and launched on 31 August 1944.[3][1]

History[edit]

She was allocated to the Alcoa Steamship Co., Inc., on 14 September 1944. On 16 October 1945, she struck a mine off Gibraltar, while sailing for Venice, she was taken under tow but struck another mine and was sunk at 45°32′N 13°12′E / 45.533°N 13.200°E / 45.533; 13.200, near Trieste, Italy.[1][4] On 20 February 1948, she was sold, along with 39 other vessels, including her sister ships SS Isaac Shelby and SS Niels Poulson, for $520,000, to Venturi Salvaggi Ricuperi Imprese Marittime Societa per Azioni, Genoa.[5][6]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Jones Construction, Brunswick GA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Cassius Hudson". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  • "SS Cassius Hudson". Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  • "LIBERTY SHIPS - C". Retrieved 20 December 2017.