Ship History & Specifications
War Service Dates: 1943 to 1946
War Service Type: Liberty Ship (Freighter/Limited troop carrier)
MC# or Hull #: MCE Hull #947
Former Name: None
Former Operator: None
Built: 1943 - Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard
Engine Type: Triple expansion steam reciprocating (Constructed by Vulcan Iron Works), single screw
Operated By: North Atlantic & Gulf Steamship Company
Length: 441 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 56 feet, 10 3/4 inches
Tonnage: 7,176 GRT (British), 7,191 GRT (U.S.)
Speed: 11 knots
Armament: Possibly carried 1 4” stern gun, 2 37mm bow guns, 6 20mm machine guns
Crew: ~44 crew + 12 to 25 Naval Armed Guards
Troop Capacity: ~550
Disposition: Sold - 1946

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Quick Info About This Ship
Ship Type: Liberty Ship
War Service Dates: 1943 to 1946
Built: 1943 - Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard
Troop Capacity: ~550
Disposition: Sold - 1946

Keel laid on January 15. Launched on February 28 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration on March 27.


While moving from anchorage on October 2 at Marseilles, France after completing a voyage from Oran to Marseilles. Towed in to port by a Navy tug and repaired. Returned to service.


Sold in November to Cia Internacional de Vapores and re-named Thetis.

Post-War Activities


Thetis was sold to Cia Commercial Maritime SA and continued operating under that name.


Sold to Cia de Commercio y Vapores, SA and re-named Santa Elena.


Sold in 1960 to Eleni Shipping Co., Inc. Re-named Eleni K.


During a voyage on September 29 from Port Lincoln, Australia to the United Kingdom with a cargo of wheat, the ship broke in two during heavy weather. The ship foundered approximately 8 miles from Thevenard, South America. The ship was refloated on November 17 and beached on Goat Island where ahe was abandoned, submerged to the main deck. The ship was eventually broken up.

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