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West Lianga (ID-2758)

Civiliam call sign (1919):
Love - King - Quack - Rush

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)

  • Laid down in 1918 at Skinner and Eddy Corp, Seattle , WA, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract
  • Launched 20 April 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 August 1918 and assigned to the Navy Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS)
  • Commissioned USS West Lianga (ID-2758), 20 August 1918 at Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Decommissioned 24 June 1919, at New York
  • Struck from the Naval list 24 June 1919 and returned to the USSB
  • Laid up from 1922 to 1923
  • Acquired by the Los Angeles Steamship Co., (later Matson Navigation Co.) circa late 1927-early 1928
  • Renamed Helen Whittier in 1938
  • Renamed Kalani in 1940
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom's Ministry of War in late 1941, renamed Empire Cheetah later renamed Hobbema
  • Torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-132 while with Convoy SC-107 from Sydney, Nova Scotia to the United Kingdom, 4 November 1942.

  • Displacement 12,191 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 1½"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5"/51 gun mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single ended coal fired boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    SS West Lianga
    West Lianga 170k c. February 1918
    Under construction at the Skinner and Eddy plant in Seattle, Washington
    Photo by Charles Phillip Norton from Harper's Pictorial Library of the World War, Albert Bushnell Hart, et al., New York: Harper, 1920
    Robert Hurst
    West Lianga 82k 20 April 1918
    Photo from the June 1918 edition of The American Review of Reviews (Vol. LVII, No. 6)
    West Lianga 115k Underway off Seattle, Washington, on 4 May 1918, the day of her trial trip and delivery. Built by the Skinner & Eddy Corporation, Seattle, she had been constructed in 67 working days (79 calendar days)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65075-A
    Naval Historical Center
    USS West Lianga (ID 2758)
    West Lianga 173k At Bordeaux, France, 2 October 1918, while operating as a unit of the NOTS
    Photographed by Robert W. Neeser
    U.S. Navy photo NH 48487
    Original photo: Richard Leonhardt
    Replacement photo: Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Louis Laverge, USNRF19 August 1918
    02LCDR Louis E. Congdon, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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