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West Mount (ID 3202)

Call sign (1919):
Love - King - Rush - Mike

Call sign (1935):
King - Jig - Unit - Dog

Call sign (1941):
George - Peter - Jig - Love


  • Laid down in 1917 by the Ames Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Seattle, WA for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique of Saint Nazaire, France
  • Launched 16 April 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 May 1918 and commissioned USS West Mount (ID 3203) the same day
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1919 at Philadelphia, PA, returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and struck from the Naval Register
  • Sold in 1927 to the Dimon Steamship Corp. of New York and renamed Pacific Redwood
  • Returned to the USSB in 1932
  • Acquired in 1940 by the Ministry of Shipping, London, England and renamed Empire Chamois
  • Sold in 1946 to Astral Shipping Co., Ltd. of Liverpool, England and renamed Granview
  • Sold in 1949 to the Compagnia Maritime del Este of Panama and renamed Chamois
  • Scrapped in 1958 at Antwerp, Belgium. She was the last Ames-built ship afloat.


  • Displacement 12,175 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Length between perpendiculars 409' 5"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 23' 11¼"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 75
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 3,000hp erticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    West Mount 66k SS Chamois between 1949 and 1957. She still has her World War I era rig with twin kingposts in place of the usual two single masts
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Clyde F. Parker, USNRF21 May 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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