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Image Approximate Date

1944 January 13

Creation Date



W427.2-1 - S. S. David B. Johnson


On January 13, 1944, the S. S. David B. Johnson was launched. The ship was named after Winthrop's founder and first president Dr. David Bancroft Johnson (1956-1928). It's unique MC Hull No. was 1511. The S. S. David B. Johnson was a Liberty ship used as a cargo ship during World War II along with thousands of other Liberty ships to replace ones lost to German submarines. the S. S. David B. Johnson was scraped in 1968.

This photograph is of Mrs. David B. Johnson (1878-1978) christening the S. S. David B. Johnson Liberty Ship on January 13, 1944.

Collection Location

Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Name

University Archives


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