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Year Built
Official Number
Ship Yard
Permanente Metals Corporation
General Type
Dry Cargo
Specific Type
Break Bulk
Ship Length
Mast Height
Net Tons
4,382 tons
Gross Tons
7,194 tons
Cargo Capacity
499,573 square feet
Draft, Summer
Draft, Lightweight
Displacement, Summer
Displacement, Lightweight
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight

Historical Narrative

This Liberty ship was named for Adoniram Judson (1788-1850). Adoniram Judson was a Baptist missionary who served in Burma for nearly forty years. Judson was the first missionary in Burma to stay for a long amount of time, and was one of the first American missionaries to go overseas.

SS Adoniram Judson, built by Kaiser Metals Corporation and delivered on March 3, 1943, was a recipient of the Gallant Ship Award. 

The unit citation states:

In October 1944, the SS Adoniram Judson, first United States Merchant ship to dock at Tacloban, Island of Leyte, during the initial invasion of the Philippines, provided the principal air cover for the landing area for two days until joined by other ships of the expedition.  Hr guns, manned by a skillful and courageous crew, defeated vigourous and continuous attacks by enemy palnes in a series of heroic actions.  During this period she unloaded steel airfiled landing mats and other military material vital to the success of the operation.

The stark courage of her stalwart crew against over-powering odds caused her name to be perpetuated as a Gallant Ship.

The ship was later berthed at the National Defense Reserve Fleet anchorages at Jones Point, New York and Beaumont, Texas.

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Event: Delivered
Date: 3/3/1943

Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Administration by Permanente Metals Corp. at Richmond, California.
Event: Entry
Date: 6/13/1946

Vessel entered National Defense Reserve Fleet Jones Point New York anchorage
Event: Acquisition
Date: 6/13/1946

Vessel entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Event: Sold
Date: 12/10/1973

Sold to Luira Brothers & Company for scrap.
Event: Withdrawl
Date: 1/11/1974

Departed National Defense Reserve Fleet anchorage at Beaumont, Texas.

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