SS A. J. Cermak
SS A. J. Cermak (Hull Number 1836) was a Liberty ship
Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Based on vessels ordered by Britain to replace ships torpedoed by...
built in the United States
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during World War II
World War II
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. She was named after Anton Cermak
Anton Joseph Cermak was the mayor of Chicago, Illinois, from 1931 until his assassination by Giuseppe Zangara in 1933.-Early life and career:...
, who was mayor of Chicago
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from 1931 until his assassination in 1933.
The ship was laid down on 9 November 1943, then launched on 30 November 1943. The ship survived the war only to suffer the same fate as nearly all other Liberty ships that survived did; she was scrapped in 1964.