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Western Front (ID 1787)
ex-Indiana



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Dog - Nan

Freighter:

  • Built in 1917 as Nikkosan Maru by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 15 September 1917
  • Renamed Indiana after her completion
  • Acquired by the Navy in January 1918
  • Commissioned USS Indiana (ID 1787), 11 May 1918
  • Renamed Western Front a few days later
  • Decommissioned 15 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 11,500 t.
  • Length 423'
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 98
  • Armament: One 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Western Front 111k Nikkosan Maru underway off Seattle, Washington, in late 1917, probably during trials.
    Photographed by her builder, the Skinner & Eddy Corporation, Seattle.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65084-A
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