Marine Heritage Database

Joel R. Poinsett - 1944

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

7176

Length(ft)

417.9

Breadth(ft)

56.11

Depth(ft)

37.4

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

JOEL R. POINSETT was a liberty ship, one of the mass-produced standard merchant vessels built in World War Two based on a standard 10,000 ton design. Those built in the United States were mainly welded instead of riveted, a process which was faster and stronger than riveting but could sometimes, as in the case of JOEL R. POINSETT, lead to cracks which spread with catastrophic swiftness.

Story

JOEL R. POINSETT broke in two approximately amidships in a gale while in convoy. She broke between cargo holds and the bulkheads remained intact, stopping the ship from sinking. The crew abandoned ship and were picked up by a corvette. It was decided to attempt to bring the stern section of the vessel back to Halifax. The tug FOUNDATION FRANKLIN was sent to locate JOEL R. POINSETT. After an eight day search the tug finally located the vessel and, after much difficult and dangerous effort, attached a line to the stern section. The section proved difficult to manage and the tow back to Halifax took over a week. Once back in Halifax the propeller assembly was removed and JOEL R. POINSETT became a depot ship.

Vessel Type

Steam, General Cargo

Type of Event

Partial loss

Nature of Event

Serious damage

Cause of Event

Stress of weather

Date of Wreck

1944-03-02

Location

400 miles SE of St. John's Newfoundland.

Cargo

Lives Lost

Voyage from

New York, New York , United States

Voyage to

Southhampton, United Kingdom

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

United States

Date

1943

Registered at

United States

Date

Propulsion

Rig

Details

Built by Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corp.

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