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William Isom (SP 1555)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Boy - Cast


  • Built in 1917 by the Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Corp., Baltimore, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 May 1918 and commissioned USS William Isom (ID 1555) the same day
  • Decommissioned 21 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owners, the Sinclair Gulf Corp.
  • Sold in 1920 to the American Italian Commercial Corp.
  • Sold in the mid-1920s to the Cuba Distilling Co.
  • Sold in 1930 to Edwin B. DeGolia for the Hillcone Steamship Co.and renamed SS Edwin B. DeGolia
  • Sold in late 1947/early 1948 to the Artemis Maritime Co. of Panama and renamed SS Demosthenes until late 1955/early 1956
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 7,045 t.
  • Length between perpendiculars 293'
  • Beam 47'
  • Draft 23'
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 44
  • Armament: One 5" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,300ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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