SS Richard V. Oulahan

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History
United States
Name: Richard V. Oulahan
Namesake: Richard V. Oulahan
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Black Diamond Steamship Co.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2297
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $970,129[1]
Yard number: 38
Way number: 4
Laid down: 26 February 1944
Launched: 11 April 1944
Completed: 11 May 1944
Identification:
Fate:
Status:
  • Abandoned, 5 November 1945
  • Sold for scrapping, 19 February 1948
General characteristics [2]
Class and type:
Tonnage: 7,176 GRT
Displacement: 14,245 long tons (14,474 t) (max)
Length:
  • 441 feet 6 inches (135 m) oa
  • 417 feet 8.75 inches (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 boilers
  • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
Propulsion:
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity:
  • 10,856 LT DWT
  • 7,176 GT
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)
Complement:
Armament:

SS Richard V. Oulahan was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Richard V. Oulahan, a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the New York Times.

Construction[edit]

Richard V. Oulahan was laid down on 26 February 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2297, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 11 April 1944.[3][1]

History[edit]

She was allocated to Black Diamond Steamship Co., on 11 May 1944. On 16 September 1945, she ran aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, during typhoon Ida. She was declared a constructive total loss (CTL) the same day and abandoned 5 November 1945. On 6 February 1948, she was sold for $100 to China Merchants and Engineers, Inc., for scrapping.[4][5]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Jones Construction, Panama City FL". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Richard V. Oulahan". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  • "SS Richard V. Oulahan". Retrieved 9 December 2017.