SS Thomas T. Tucker
|Name:||SS Thomas T. Tucker|
|Port of registry:||United States|
|Laid down:||June 16, 1942|
|Launched:||August 31, 1942|
|Completed:||September 21, 1942|
|Out of service:||27 November 1942|
|Class and type:||EC2-S-C1|
|Tonnage:||7,000 tons DWT|
|Length:||135 m (443 ft)|
|Beam:||17.3 m (57 ft)|
|Draft:||8.5 m (28 ft)|
|Speed:||11 to 11.5 knots (20 to 21 km/h)|
|Capacity:||9,140 tons cargo|
Liberty ships were named after prominent (deceased) Americans, starting with Patrick Henry and the signers of the Declaration of Independence. She was named after Thomas Tudor Tucker, an American physician and politician from Charleston, South Carolina. He represented South Carolina in both the Continental Congress and the U.S. House. He later served as Treasurer of the United States.
The ship was laid down on June 16, 1942, then launched on August 31, 1942. She ran aground off Olifantsbos Point, near Cape Point, on November 27, 1942, during heavy fog while on her maiden voyage from New Orleans to Suez. She was sailing close to the coast – as she usually did when the sea was rough, due to the German U-boats actively patrolling the area – and the captain misjudged the ship's location because of the heavy fog. Assuming they were close to Robben Island, and therefore not far from Cape Town, the crew relaxed, and the ship ran aground. After an investigation, it was discovered that the ship's compass was out by 37°, although no conclusive reason was found for the incident.
- "Liberty Ships built by Houston Shipbuilding Corporation and Todd-Houston Shipbuilding Corporation, Houston Texas, for U. S. Maritime Commission 1941-1945". USMM.org. Archived from the original on May 22, 2007.
- Mitchell, Peter (July 4, 2007). "Thomas T. Tucker". Submerged.
- "Thomas T. Tucker". ThinkQuest. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Media related to SS Thomas T. Tucker at Wikimedia Commons
- Diving the Thomas T. Tucker travel guide from Wikivoyage