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West Haven (ID 2159)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Mike - Tare

Freighter:

  • Built in 1917 as War Flame by the the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 1 November 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 June 1918, renamed West Haven and commissioned USS West Haven (ID 2159) the same day at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 21 January 1919 at New York, returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and struck from the Navy list
  • Sold in 1920 to the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Steamship Corp. of Baltimore, MD
  • Repossessed by the USSB in 1922
  • Sold in 1929 to the Los Angeles Steamship Co. of Los Angeles, CA and renamed Marian Otis Chandler
  • Sold in 1939 to the Matson Steamship Co., San Francisco, CA and renamed Onomea
  • Sold in 1940 to the Ministry of War Transport, London, England and renamed Empire Leopard under management of the Maritime Shipping and Trading Co.
  • Torpeoded and sunk 2 November 1942 by the German submarine U-402 at 52 26' N., 45 22' W.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,191 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 86
  • Armament: One 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Scotch boilers, one 2,800ihp reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    West Haven 107k Probably photographed while underway on trials off Seattle, Washington, in December 1917.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65034-A
    Naval Historical Center
    West Haven 107k c. 1921
    Photo from an advertisement of the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Steamship Corp.
    Joe Radigan

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