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Pasadena (ID 2943)

Cargo Ship: Built as War Beacon in 1918 the Moore and Scott Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, CA; Renamed Pasadena prior to completion; Acquired by the Navy 13 May 1918 and commissioned the same day; Decommissioned 28 April 1919 at Newport News, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown).
Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 12,570 t.; Length 402' 6"; Beam 53'; Draft 26' 5"; Speed 9 kts.; Complement 124; Armament one 5".

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Pasadena 81k Photographed during her trial trip in San Francisco Bay, California, 11
May 1918.
USN Photograph NH 65121
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Pasadena (No. 2943), a cargo ship launched 27 January 1918 as War Beacon by Moore & Scott Shipbuilding Co., Oakland Calif. for the Cunard Steamship Co., was taken over at Mare Island, Calif. and commissioned into NOTS 13 May 1918.

After refitting at Mare Island, she took on general cargo and steamed 18 May via the Panama Canal and Hampton Roads Va. for New York City, arriving 28 June. She joined up with a convoy at Norfolk, Va. and departed for France 5 July, arriving St. Nazaire the 26th. Returning to New York 29 August, she underwent repairs, took on supplies, and made another convoy crossing between New York and St. Nazaire and back again 15 September-18 November.

Pasadena steamed independently with general cargo 15 December, arriving Verdon, France 7 January 1919. She returned to New York 11 February. After one more trans-Atlantic run, 2 March-22 April, the steamer was placed in line for demobilization at Newport News, Va., decommissioned, and was turned over to the USSB 28 April 1919.

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