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SS Abner Doubleday

The SS John W. Brown is one of only two surviving operational Liberty ships. The SS Abner Doubleday was identical.
Career (US)
Name: Abner Doubleday
Namesake: Abner Doubleday
Builder: Oregon Shipbuilding
Laid down: 25 October 1942
Launched: 20 November 1942
Identification: Maritime Commission hull number 598
Fate: Scrapped 1968
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Displacement: 14,245 long tons (14,474 t)
Length: 135 m (441 ft 6 in)
Beam: 17.3 m (56 ft 10.75 in)
Draft: 8.5 m (27 ft 9.25 in)
Propulsion: Two oil-fired boilers,
triple-expansion steam engine,
single screw, 2,500 horsepower (1,864 kW)
Speed: 11 to 11.5 knots (20 to 21 km/h)
Range: 23,000 miles (37,000 km)
Capacity: 10,856 t (10,685 long tons) deadweight (DWT)
Complement: 41 men
Armament: Stern-mounted 4-in (102 mm) deck gun for use against surfaced submarines, variety of anti-aircraft guns

The SS Abner Doubleday was a liberty ship built during World War II. The ship was named after Abner Doubleday, the Brigadier General of the American Civil War. Her keel was laid down on 25 October 1942 and she launched 20 November 1942. Abner Doubleday was scrapped in 1968. The photo is of the identical ship the SS John W. Brown which is docked in Baltimore. There are only two liberty ships left, the SS John W. Brown and the SS Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco.


  • Elphick, Peter. Liberty: The Ships that Won the War. Naval Institute Press, 2006. ISBN 1-59114-451-5

External links

  • Liberty Ships built by the United States Maritime Commission in World War II
  • Links to Liberty Ship information
  • Ships Sunk or Damaged during World War II
  • Ships built at Oregon Shipbuilding
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