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Q: World War ll Hospital ship ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: World War ll Hospital ship
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jaques-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 20 Feb 2004 14:27 PST
Expires: 21 Mar 2004 14:27 PST
Question ID: 308958
Need the specifics for a WW ll hospital ship named "george W. Goethals"
It was in service in 1944 ans 1945
Subject: Re: World War ll Hospital ship
Answered By: majortom-ga on 20 Feb 2004 16:03 PST
Hello Jacques,

The George Washington Goethals was a ?liberty ship? designed for
emergency construction during WWII.  Here is an article on Liberty
Ships from the United States Maritime Museum:
And another from Carnegie Mellon:

Apparently, she was in service until the 1960s.  Here is a detailed
history from

I was also able to find some vital statistics:
Launched on Dec 2, 1942
Standard Liberty vessel type Z-EC2-S-C1
Other stats can be found at the Carnegie Mellon University website:
These records were put together from Historian's Collection, Records
of the United States Maritime Commission, at the National Archives. 
(Interesting to note, some of these statistics differ with ? such as the shipyard)

She is not included on a list of ships sunk or damaged in WWII
according to the US Merchant Marines:

Lastly, here is some information on the man who inspired the name,
from Philately (a stamp collection site):
(scroll down to ?Goethals?)
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I enjoyed researching this question for you, please let me know if I
can be of any further service.


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