SS Juan Pablo Duarte

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SS Juan Pablo Duarte
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Richmond Shipyards Permanente Metals Corporation
Name SS Juan Pablo Duarte
Owner US Government
Builder Permanente Metals Richmond, California Yard
Yard number 2
Launched 23 Feb 1944
In service March 1944
Fate scraped 1963
General characteristics
Type Liberty Ship Design EC2-S-C1
Tonnage 14,474 tons
Length 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam 56 ft 10.75 in (17.3 m)
Depth Draft, 27 ft 9.25 in (8.5 m)
Propulsion single screw
Speed 11.5 knots (21 km/h)


The Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California, were owned by Henry J. Kaiser and managed by the Permanente Metals Corporation. The Richmond Kaiser Shipyards built 747 ships in four years during World War II, 519 of which were Liberty ships.

SS Juan Pablo Duarte was laid down on 5 Feb 1944, as Hull no 2757, and launched on 23 Feb 1944. On completion it served in the Pacific theatre of operations. It is not known if it remained in the general cargo configuration or if it was one of the 247 Liberty Ships converted as troop ships. If so, The conversion was relatively simple, with five-tier bunks being added, along with additional facilities (galleys and sanitary facilities). To provide an essential minimum of protection in the event of an emergency, additional lifeboats, liferafts and lifejackets were provided, people were generally not accommodated below the waterline and two emergency escapes were installed from each compartment.

In 1947 she was sold.

Soldiers carried

Milne Bay to Brisbane 27 August - 2 September 1944