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Tue, 09.29.1942

SS Booker T. Washington launched

Washington Crew withmascot "Booker" 1942

On this date in 1942, The SS Booker T. Washington was launched at Wilmington, Delaware.

It was the first U.S. Merchant Ship commanded by a Black captain, Hugh Mulzac. The SS Washington was the first of 17 Liberty Ships (out of 2,700) named for an African-American. Marian Anderson christened the Washington as its first honor.

Under Mulzac’s command, the SS Washington made 22 round-trip voyages between 1942-47, carrying 18,000 troops to Europe and the Pacific through dangerous waters.

Reference:
The Encyclopedia Britannica, Fifteenth Edition.
Copyright 1996 Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
ISBN 0-85229-633-0

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