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George Washington Carver

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassLiberty-class Merchant Vessel
BuilderKaiser Richmond Shipyards
Slip/Drydock Number7
Laid Down12 Apr 1943
Launched7 May 1943
Displacement7,000 tons standard
Length441 feet
Beam57 feet
Draft28 feet
MachineryOne triple-expansion steam engine, one screw
Speed11 knots
Range21,000nm
Crew40
ArmamentVarying numbers of 3in/50cal guns, 4in/50cal guns, 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns, and 37mm M1 anti-aircraft guns
Merchant Ship Cargo Capacity15,000 cubic meters
Hospital Ship Patient Capacity597

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ww2dbaseSS George Washington Carver was the second Liberty ship to be named after an African-American. She was launched on 7 May 1943, sponsored by actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne, before a crowd of 1,500 at Yard No. 1 of Kaiser Richmond Shipyards in California, United States. When she was delivered to the War Shipping Administration on 24 May 1943, it had only been 42 days since her keel was initially laid down. She was initially assigned to the American South African Line (Farrell Lines), Inc. for merchant service. In this role, she made convoy runs from Alexandria, Egypt to Malta in Sep 1943, and from Alexandria to Bizerte, Tunisia in Oct 1943. In Nov 1943, she was assigned to the US Army. Between Nov 1943 and Jul 1944, she was converted to a hospital ship at the Atlantic Basin Iron Works yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Renamed USAHS Dogwood, she sailed between Charleston, South Carolina, United States and Britain six times, and then operated in the Philippines and in the Dutch East Indies. In Jan 1946, she arrived in San Francisco, California, United States and was put into the Marine Repair Shop at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation for conversion into a passenger transport ship. Renamed USAT George Washington Carver, she transported military servicemen and dependents between Seattle, Washington, United States and Alaska. In 1947, she was assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet. In 1964, she was sold for scrapping.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: May 2022

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George Washington Carver Operational Timeline

12 Apr 1943 The keel of George Washington Carver was laid down at Yard No. 1 of Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States.
7 May 1943 George Washington Carver was launched at Yard No. 1 of Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States, sponsored by actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne.
24 May 1943 George Washington Carver was delivered to the United States Maritime Commission.
6 Nov 1943 George Washington Carver arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States.
23 Nov 1943 George Washington Carver was transferred to the US Army.
21 Mar 1947 George Washington Carver entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California, United States.
9 Jan 1964 George Washington Carver was sold to First Steel & Ship Corp. for scrapping.

Photographs

Female African-American shipyard worker Anna Bland working on Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver at Kaiser Richmond No. 1 Yard, Richmond, California, United States, Apr 1943Female African-American Welders Alivia Scott, Hattie Carpenter, Flossie Burtos, and another unidentified worker working on the Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver, Kaiser Richmond No. 1 Yard, Richmond, California, United States, Apr 1943
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Female African-American shipyard worker Anna Bland working on Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver at Kaiser Richmond No. 1 Yard, Richmond, California, United States, Apr 1943Female African-American Welders Alivia Scott, Hattie Carpenter, Flossie Burtos, and another unidentified worker working on the Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver, Kaiser Richmond No. 1 Yard, Richmond, California, United States, Apr 1943
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