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West Galeta (ID 3330)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Nan - Boy


  • Built in 1918 by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Los Angeles, CA
  • Launched 4 July 1918 and acquired by the Navy the same day
  • Commissioned 4 September 1918
  • Decommissioned 9 May 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933.


  • Displacement 12,287 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: Twelve rifles
  • Propulsion: One 3,300ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    West Galeta 118k Underway, probably circa summer 1918, when she was completed.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65038
    Naval Historical Center
    West Galeta 101k c. September 1918
    She has her complete wartime rig of two masts without topmasts and a topmast on a kingpost near the smokestack
    National Archives photo from
    Robert Hurst
    West Galeta 118k Pierside on 2 September 1918 by her builder, the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, San Pedro, California
    National Archives photo from

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