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Honolulu (ID 1843)

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


  • Built in 1905 as Setos by Armstrong Whitworth Ltd., Newcastle on Tyne, England
  • Renamed Itasca
  • Taken over by the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and assigned to the War Department in 1917
  • Operated with a Navy crew but there is no record of her commissioning although she was assigned the registry number ID-1843
  • Renamed Honolulu 26 July 1918
  • Returned to the USSB and sold 26 January 1920
  • Renamed Commercial Trader
  • Torpedoed and sunk 16 September 1942 approximately 75 miles east of Trinidad by the German submarine U-558.


  • Displacement 4,902 t.
  • Length 412'
  • Beam 51'
  • Draft 25' 3"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 76
  • Armament: One 5" mount and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,800ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Honolulu 85k Photographed circa 1918, after she had been taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board and renamed Honolulu.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 101823
    Robert Hurst

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