The SS VERA CRUZ was a T2 tanker built by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Chester Pennsylvania. Her keel was laid 11 November 1942, she was launched 6 February 1943, and she was completed 24 February 1943. See http://www.shipbuildinghistory.com/history/shipyards/1major/inactive/sun.htm
Initially she was operated by the Texas Company (later Texaco) of Wilmington, Del. In 1950 she was renamed MARYLAND, then renamed TEXACO MARYLAND in 1959, and finally TRANSHATTERAS in 1962, when she was sold to Hudson Waterways Corp, New York. She was scrapped in Castellon, Spain, in 1970. See http://www.t2tanker.org/display-tankers-test.php?t2table=sun, http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/T2T.html and http://www.aukevisser.nl/t2tanker/id290.htm.
SS AEDANUS BURKE was a Liberty ship build by Delta Shipbuilding Company of New Orleans. Her keel was laid 17 February 1943, she was launched 27 March 1943, and she was completed 10 April 1943, 52 days after keel-laying. See http://www.shipbuildinghistory.com/history/shipyards/4emergency/wwtwo/delta.htm. Aedanus Burke (1743-1802), after whom she was named, was a Revolutionary War soldier, Congressman and judge from South Carolina.
She apparently had an unremarkable wartime career and was probably laid up in the reserve fleet immediately thereafter. The only other information I have is that she was scrapped in 1964 in New Orleans. See http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/LibshipsA.html.
I can find no information for an SS HENRY D WHITTEN (or WITTEN). With a name like that it sounds like she might have been a Liberty ship but I find no Liberty (or any other class of ship) by that name.
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