History
United States
Name: Isaac Shelby
Namesake: Isaac Shelby
Ordered: as type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 1518
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia
Cost: $1,097,546[1]
Yard number: 134
Way number: 6
Laid down: 22 January 1944
Launched: 6 March 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. K.D. Nichols
Completed: 18 March 1944
Identification:
Fate: Struck a mine and sunk off Italy, 5 January 1945
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 Isaac Shelby was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Isaac Shelby, the first and fifth Governor of Kentucky.

Construction

Isaac Shelby was laid down on 22 January 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1518, by J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia; she was sponsored by Mrs. K.D. Nichols, and launched on 6 March 1944.[3][1]

History

She was allocated to the Smith & Johnson Company, on 18 March 1944. On 5 January 1945, she struck a mine off Naples, Italy, 41°12′N 13°30′E / 41.200°N 13.500°E / 41.200; 13.500.[1] She broke in two and sank with no loss of life. On 20 February 1948, she was sold, along with 39 other vessels, including her sister ship SS Niels Poulson, for $520,000, to Venturi Salvaggi Ricuperi Imprese Marittime Societa per Azioni, Genoa.[4][5]

References

Bibliography

  • "Jones Construction, Brunswick GA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  • "Liberty Ships – World War II". Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  • Maritime Administration. "Isaac Shelby". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  • "SS Isaac Shelby". Retrieved 5 November 2017.