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  SS Rufus King
Liberty Ship

7176 Gross Tons
441' 7" x 57' x 26' 9"
8 x 20mm AA guns
1 x 3" gun
1 x 5" gun

Ship History
Built by California Shipbuilding Corporation in Los Angeles, CA during 1941 for the US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration (WSA). Named after Rufus King who represented Massachusetts in the Constitutional Convention.

Wartime History
On July 7, 1942 during a voyage to Brisbane, ran aground off South Passage in Moreton Bay.

Ludsie recalls:
"There was a wreck of a liberty ship just off Moreton Bay in Australia that we used to see when holidaying on Stradbroke Island. It was the SS Rufus King but has dissolved into the sea now."

Wreck Site - SS Rufus King (1942)

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Last Updated
August 18, 2018


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