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Western Spirit (ID 3164)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - George - Fox

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Northwestern Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Launched 6 May 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 July 1918
  • Commissioned 30 July 1918
  • Decommissioned 17 April 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 97
  • Armament: One 4" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Western Spirit 61k In port, possibly at Portland, Oregon, in July 1918, when first completed by the Northwestern Steel Company, of Portland.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99431
    Naval Historical Center
    Western Spirit 106k Photographed off the Albina Dock, Portland, Oregon, circa mid-July 1918, probably upon completion of construction by the Northwestern Steel Company, of Portland.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102562
    Western Spirit 158k Photographed circa mid-July 1918, probably off the Albini Dock, Portland, Oregan. This photo may show the ship while she was still S.S. Western Spirit, at the time of her construction was completed by the Northwestern Steel Company, of Portland.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104948
    Robert Hurst

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