SS Richard A. Van Pelt

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History
United States
Name: Richard A. Van Pelt
Namesake: Richard A. Van Pelt
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2401
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $867,824[1]
Yard number: 186
Way number: 4
Laid down: 9 January 1945
Launched: 17 February 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Duncan Morton
Completed: 28 February 1945
Fate: Transferred to Belgium, 28 February 1945
Belgium
Name: Belgium Equity
Operator: American West African Line, Inc.
Acquired: 28 February 1945
Fate: Sold to Belgium, 18 December 1946
Belgium
Name: Capitaine Heusers
Fate: Scrapped, 1969
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 Richard A. Van Pelt was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Richard A. Van Pelt.

Construction[edit]

Richard A. Van Pelt was laid down on 9 January 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2401, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. Duncan Morton, and launched on 17 February 1945.[3][1]

History[edit]

She was transferred to Belgium, and renamed Belgium Equity on 28 February 1945. She was operated by the American West African Line, Inc. On 18 December 1946, she was sold to Belgium, for $579,770.03. She was scrapped in 1969.[4][5]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Jones Construction, Brunswick GA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Richard A. Van Pelt". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  • "SS Richard A. Van Pelt". Retrieved 19 November 2017.