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The SS Booker T. Washington was a Liberty Ship built during World War II by the California Shipbuilding Corporation at Terminal Island, California. The ship was launched in September 1942 and it was the first Liberty Ship to be named after an African-American. It was also the first ship to be commanded by an African-American in the US Merchant Marine. Throughout the war, the ship was responsible for delivering troops and supplies to Europe and the Pacific Theatre. After the war, the SS Booker T. Washington was sold to a private company and eventually scrapped in 1969.