SS Jane Adams

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Name SS Jane Adams
Builder/Built 1942 USA
Type Liberty Ship Hull No 635
Displacement 7,176 tons
Speed 11 knots


Liberty ships were a class of cargo ship built in the United States during World War II. In 1940 the British government ordered 60 Ocean-class freighters from American yards to replace losses caused by U-Boat activity, and to boost their merchant fleet. The Liberty ships evolved from this design being built to one basic design, before their design was modified later to further simplify design and costs. They were constructed for both the US Army and US Navy in 18 shipyards around the United States. Three major variants to the basic design were used to accommodate specific cargo.

In total, American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships between 1941 and 1945. An important innovation was the replacement of riveting with welding of plates together.

Following her war service in the Pacific Ocean, the SS Jane Adams was sold privately in 1947 and converted into a floating wharf.

Soldiers carried

Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain 25 November - 3 December 1944