SS Daniel Webster
|Name:||SS Daniel Webster|
|Builder:||South Portland Shipbuilding Corporation, South Portland, Maine|
|Laid down:||1 November 1942|
|Launched:||28 January 1943|
|Notes:||Official number: 242815|
|Tonnage:||7,000 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
|Length:||441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)|
|Speed:||11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)|
|Capacity:||9,140 tons cargo|
Named after Daniel Webster, an American statesman, the ship was laid down by South Portland Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine, at their West Yard on 1 November 1942, then launched on 28 January 1943. The ship was completed 10 February 1943 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for operation by Sprague Steamship Company under a WSA agreement the same day.
On 10 January 1944, she was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea off Oran, French Algeria in an air attack on convoy KMS 37 while en route from Gibraltar to Augusta and Naples. The ship was beached and declared a total constructive loss. The ship was sold for scrapping in a group of forty hulks on 19 December 1947 to Venturi Salvattigi Recuperi e Impresse Marrittime Societta per Azione of Genoa.
- Maritime Administration. "Daniel Webster". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
- Cressman, Robert J. "The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II, Chapter VI: 1944, 10 January". Contemporary History Branch, Naval Historical Center. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
- "New England Shipbuilding Company, South Portland ME". shipbuildinghistory.com. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
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