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The SS Arthur M. Huddell is a Liberty Ship built in the United States during World War II. The ship’s builder was St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company and it was launched in December 1943. The ship was outfitted in only nine days. During the war, the SS Arthur M. Huddell first carried explosives to London and later, to Oran, Algeria. After the Normandy landings, the ship was converted to a pipe carrier and delivered pipe that was used in the construction of a fuel pipeline in the English Channel and then it carried coal, various types of cargo, and personnel until the end of the war. Once the war was over, the SS Arthur M. Huddell was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California until 1956 when it was transferred to AT&T and used for cable transportation. It was placed once again in the US reserve fleet until 1964 and used for the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) program until 1984. The SS Arthur M. Huddell is one of the three Liberty Ships that are still operational, together with John M. Brown and Jeremiah O’Brien and it’s now a museum ship with the name of Hellas Liberty in Greece.