SS John Bascom

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History
United States
Name: John Bascom
Namesake: John Bascom
Owner: War Shipping Administration (WSA)
Operator: Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc.
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1521
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida
Cost: $2,062,150[1]
Yard number: 3
Way number: 3
Laid down: 7 September 1942
Launched: 31 March 1943
Completed: 30 April 1943
Identification:
Fate: Sunk off Bari, Italy, 2 December 1943
Status: Sold for scrapping, 20 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 John Bascom was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after John Bascom, a professor of rhetoric at Williams College from 1855 to 1874, and the president of the University of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1887.

Construction[edit]

John Bascom was laid down on 7 September 1942, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1521, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida; she was launched on 31 March 1943.[3][1]

History[edit]

She was allocated to Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc., on 30 April 1943. On 2 December 1943, she was sunk during the German air raid on Bari, Italy, 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.[4][5]

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