Vessel name on Arrival: Belfort
Original Builder: The Federal Shipbuilding Company of Kearney, New Jersey, USA
Original Yard No: 19
Official Number: 218500
Vessel Type: cargo
Year Built: 1919
Arrival Date: 12/04/1938
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A general cargo ship – one of 25 vessels built during 1919 by the Federal S.B. & D.D. Company, Kearney, New Jersey, for the United States Government.
Launched on 24th of May 1919 and completed in July 1919.
Length : 120.5 metres (391' 7")
Beam : 16.8 metres ( 54' 7")
Steam turbine propulsion giving the vessel a service speed on 11 knots.
The two identical cargo vessels S.S. Belfort and S.S. Ambridge were launched from the Federal S.B. Yard at Kearney on the same day. In the images below, one shows the S.S. Ambridge seen at her launch, and the other image captures the two ladies who launched the vessels – on the left Mrs. L.D. Reilly who sponsored the S.S. Ambridge, and on the right Mrs. W.W. Smith who sponsored the S.S. Belfort.