american US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.) SS John Burke (+1944)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class Liberty EC2-S-C1
Liberty EC2-S-C1 Richard Montgomery SS [+1944]
propulsion steam
date built 1942
is nickname no
weight (tons) 7176  grt
dimensions 134.6 x 17.3 x 10.6 m
material steel
engine Two oil-fired boilers, three-cylinder, reciprocating steam engine, single screw, 2,500 horsepower (1,864 kW)  [*]
armament 1 x stern mounted 4"/102 mm deck gun  [*]
power 339  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 609
IMO/Off. no. 2242664
about the loss
cause lost explosion
other reasons air raid
date lost 28/12/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.68rank: 570
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Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. - Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. - Kaiser Cargo Inc.
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Oregon War Industries Inc., Portland (Oregon)
US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.
complement 28
no. of crew 40
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[1]  shipbuildinghistor..
[2] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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entered 01/07/2010
last update Gothro Phil
last update 28/12/2011

[*] means that the value was inherited from Richard Montgomery SS [+1944], the reference for Liberty EC2-S-C1.
[1] Welshans Terry09/01/2013
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Lettens Jan28/12/2012MINDORO BOUND CONVOY TG 77.11

On December 28th, 1944, Japanese air attacks commence against Mindoro-bound TG 77.11 (Captain George F. Mentz). Kamikazes crash tank landing ship LST-750 and U.S. freighters William Sharon and John Burke.

John Burke, carrying ammunition, explodes, the cataclysmic blast damaging auxiliary Porcupine (IX-126) and motor torpedo boat PT-332. There are no survivors from among John Burke´s 40-man merchant complement and 28-man Armed Guard.

William Sharon, afire is abandoned. Once the fire extinguished, salvage vessel Grapple (ARS-7) tows her to San Pedro Bay for repairs.

LST-750, hit by an aerial torpedo, is scuttled by destroyer Edwards (DD-619), 09°01´N, 122°30´E.

On December 30th, Japanese air attacks continue on the convoy; kamikazes damage destroyers Pringle (DD-477) and Gansevoort (DD-608), motor torpedo boat tender Orestes (AGP-10) and auxiliary Porcupine (IX-126).

Porcupine is ultimately scuttled by Gansevoort.

Freighter Hobart Baker is sunk by bombs off Mindoro.
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US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.

The United States Maritime Commission was an independent executive agency of the U.S. federal government that was created by the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, passed by Congress on June 29, 1936, and replaced the U.S. Shipping Board which had existed since World War I. It was intended to formulate a merchant shipbuilding program to design and build five hundred modern merchant cargo ships to replace the World War I vintage vessels that comprised the bulk of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and to administer a subsidy system authorized by the Act to offset the cost differential between building in the U.S. and operating ships under the American flag. It also formed the U.S. Maritime Service for the training of seagoing ship's officers to man the new fleet.

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 Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. - Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. - Kaiser Cargo Inc.
Henry J. Kaiser, established the shipbuilding company around 1939, specifically for the merchant shipping of the United States Maritime Commission. Kaiser constructed many Liberty ships, tankers and LSTs. Shipyards were located in San Francisco, Washington and Portland. The Kaiser Shipyards shut down at the end of the war.
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