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Year Built
1942
Official Number
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Ship Yard
Houston Shipbuilding Corporation
General Type
Dry Cargo
Specific Type
Break Bulk
MARAD Type
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Ship Length
417.6 feet
Beam
56.8 feet
Mast Height
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Net Tons
4380 tons
Gross Tons
7176 tons
Cargo Capacity
499573 square feet
Draft, Summer
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Draft, Lightweight
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Displacement, Summer
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Displacement, Lightweight
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Immersion, Summer
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Immersion, Lightweight
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Fate
Sunk - Torpedo


Historical Narrative



This Liberty ship was named for Sam Houston (1793-1863). Sam Houston was a lawyer, soldier, statesman, and  leader of the Texas Revolution. Houston was an officer in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 and led Texan forces as a major general during the Texas Revolution. Houston served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee from 1823-1827, Governor of Tennessee from 1827-1829, President of Texas from 1836-1838 and from 1841-1844, U.S. Senator from Texas from 1846-1859, and Governor of Texas from 1859-1861. Houston was an important figure in Texas history and is the namesake of Houston, Texas.

MARAD has no written history for the Liberty ship Sam Houston at this time.

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Shipwreck Information


Vessel Information
Owner
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Operator
Waterman Steamship Corporation

Operator Agreement
Unknown

Flag State
United States

Incident Information
Incident Date
June 28, 1942

Use at Loss
Cargo Transportation

Cause
Sunk - Torpedo

Cause Comments
Torpedoed and shelled by German submarine U-203 while en route from Mobile, Alabama to Bombay, India.

Conflict
World War II

Location of Incident
Caribbean Sea

Accuracy of Incident Location
Historic 2

Lat/Long
19° 21' N., 62° 22' W.

Incident Location Comments
Approximately 160 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands

Lives Lost
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