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Western Ocean (ID 3151)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Vice - Nan


  • Built in 1918 by the Willamette Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Completed 31 May 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 June 1918 and commissioned USS Western Ocean (ID 3151) the same day
  • Decommissioned 22 May 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1937
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom in 1941 and renamed Empire Opossum
  • Sold in 1949 to the James SS Co. of London, England and renamed Marianne Clunies
  • Sold in 1950 to D. Oltmann of Bremen, Germany and renamed Ansgaritor
  • Renamed Schlussel Reed in 1953
  • Scrapped in 1959 at Rotterdam, Holland.


  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 91
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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