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Mount Shasta (ID 1822)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Have - Watch

Freighter:

  • Built as Sagaland by Moore and Scott, Oakland, CA for Richaed Amlie of Haugesund, Norway
  • Launched 30 June 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 4 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Mount Shasta (ID 1822), 26 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 19 May 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Used as a bombing target off the Virginia Capes by the Army Air Corps, 11 August 1931, in a demonstration to meet its obligation for coastal defense. The Army failed to sink Mount Shasta. She was finally sunk as a menace to
    navigation by an attending Coast Guard vessel, the USCGC Mascoutin.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 4,865 t.
  • Length 390'
  • Beam 52' 3"
  • Depth of hold 28'
  • Draft 25.5'
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 2,400ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Mount Shasta 92k At her builder's yard on 21 November 1917, shortly before completion.
    National Archives photo
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Shasta 84k Photographed on 30 November 1917 by her builder, the Moore & Scott Iron Works, Oakland, California, probably during her trials.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65103-A
    Mount Shasta 99k Probably taken soon after the ship's completion in December 1917 at Oakland, California.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105274
    Mount Shasta 96k
    SHORT OF ITS MARK

    "This Army bombing plane missile had the best intentions to reach its mark, the S.S. Mount Shasta, a former U.S. Shipping Board freighter, sixty miles at sea, east of Currituck, N.C. but it fell short, as did 48 of the 50 hundred and three hundred pound bombs dropped by the Army bombing planes. After tests, the ship was still riding the waves, and so Coast Guard Cutters sank the ship by riddling it with gunfire."
    Associated Press photo AJE-8/15/31

    Tommy Trampp

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