SS William Crane Gray

United States
NameWilliam Crane Gray
NamesakeWilliam Crane Gray
OwnerWar Shipping Administration (WSA)
OperatorInternational Freigting Corp.
Orderedas type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MC hull 2485
Awarded23 April 1943
BuilderSt. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida[2]
Yard number49
Way number1
Laid down23 May 1944
Launched12 July 1944
Sponsored byMrs. Louie W. Strum
Completed27 July 1944
General characteristics [3]
Class and type
  • 441 feet 6 inches (135 m) oa
  • 416 feet (127 m) pp
  • 427 feet (130 m) lwl
Beam57 feet (17 m)
Draft27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)
Installed power
  • 2 × Oil fired 450 °F (232 °C) boilers, operating at 220 psi (1,500 kPa)
  • 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
Speed11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 562,608 cubic feet (15,931 m3) (grain)
  • 499,573 cubic feet (14,146 m3) (bale)

SS William Crane Gray was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after William Crane Gray, the first bishop of the Episcopal Church's Missionary Jurisdiction of Southern Florida.


William Crane Gray was laid down on 23 May 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2485, by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida; sponsored by Mrs. Louie W. Strum, the niece of the namesake, and was launched on 12 July 1944.[2][1]


She was allocated to the International Freigting Corp., on 27 July 1944. On 29 May 1948, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina. On 27 May 1952, she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, Texas. She was sold for scrapping, 1 May 1972, to Luria Brothers and Co., for $40,333.33. She was removed from the fleet, 21 July 1972.[4]



  • "St. John's River Shipbuilding, Jacksonville FL". 16 October 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  • Maritime Administration. "William Crane Gray". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  • Davies, James (May 2004). "Specifications (As-Built)" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  • "SS William Crane Gray". Retrieved 28 January 2020.