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Westward Ho (ID 3098)



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1917 as War Sirdar by Columbia River Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 20 November 1917
  • Renamed Westward Ho prior to completion.
  • She was employed carrying cargo between the United States and Europe until 8 August 1918, when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-62. Though badly damaged, the ship was able to make port at Brest, France.
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 October 1918 and commissioned USS Westward Ho (ID 3098) the same day at Brest, France
  • Decommissioned 19 April 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933
  • Sold in 1937 to Kokoku Kisen KK of Kobe, Japan and renamed Westward Ho Maru
  • Renamed Izan Maru in 1938
  • Wrecked and abandoned 24 October 1939 at Sakhalin Island, Japan
  • Refloated in 1941
  • She survived World War II, no mean feat for a Japanese ship, and operated until the late 1940s
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Armament: One 5" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Westward Ho 88k U.S. Navy destroyers standing by the damaged ship, after she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-62 in the eastern Atlantic on 8 August 1918
    Collection of Lieutenant Commander P. W. Yeatman, USN (Retired)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89150
    Naval Historical Center
    Westward Ho 74k Photographed in the eastern Atlantic, soon after she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-62, on 8 August 1918
    Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1987
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101619
    Westward Ho 112k Being towed into harbor at Brest, France
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103139
    Westward Ho 28k Being towed into Brest with only one per cent floatability
    Photo from Naval-History.net
    Robert Hurst
    Westward Ho 57k View of the ship's starboard side, forward, showing torpedo damage inflicted by the German submarine U-62 in the eastern Atlantic on 8 August 1918
    Collection of Peter K. Connelly. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1967
    U.S. Navy photo NH 64992
    Naval Historical Center
    Westward Ho 114k In dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1918-1919. Photographed by the Philadelphia "Evening Ledger".
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 41669

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