USAT Liberty


USS Liberty was laid down at Federal Shipbuilding Company in New Jersey, and was launched 19.June 1918 for the US Navy. In October 1940 she was requisitioned by US Army, and after USA joined the second world war in December 1941 she was stationed in the Pacific. Under a journey from Australia to the Philippines loaded with rubber and railway parts, she was torpedoed 11.January 1942 by the Japanese submarine I-166 outside Lombok. Heavily damaged but still afloat, she was taken under tow and beached at Tulamben. The cargo and parts was salvaged, but the wreck was written of as a total loss. The remains of her rest today on a depth of 5 to 30 meter.

Former names:
USAT Liberty
USS Liberty, Liberty
125,4 x 17,0 x 8,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6119 grt
New Jersey ( US ) 1918
( US )

Picture: Liberty in New Jersey, photo NH70459
Courtesy of US Naval Historical Center

Last updated: September 2019