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Eastport (ID 3342)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Jig - George

Freighter:

  • Built in August 1918 by the Osaka Iron Works Co., Inneshima, Japan
  • Acquired by the Navy, 18 October 1918 and commissioned USS Eastport (ID 3342) the same day
  • Decommissioned 19 June 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) the same day
  • In 1929 it was included in a massive purchase of 29 surplus USSB ships to the Soviet Union. The Soviets renamed the ship Itelmen and assigned it to service in the Kamchatka Joint-Stock Company, organized to provide support
    for fishing operations in the Northern Pacific. Subsequently history is unknown but it survived WWII.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 4,381 t.
  • Length 345'
  • Beam 49' 10"
  • Draft 23' 8"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement
  • Propulsion: One 2,250ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Eastport 94k Probably photographed while in Shipping Board custody after World War I.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo from Shipscribe.com
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

    Eastport

    Towns in California, Idaho, Maine, and Michigan.

    The second Eastport (No. 3342) was built in August 1918 by Osaka Iron Works Co., Inneshima, Japan; converted by Puget Sound Navy Yard, transferred to the Navy by the Shipping Board 18 October 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander G. F. Swanson, USNRF, in command.

    Sailing from Puget Sound Navy Yard, 29 October 1918, Eastport arrived at Valparaiso, 30 November 1918, with a cargo of coke and exchanged it for one of Chilean nitrate, which she delivered to Jacksonville, Fla., 26 January 1919. She loaded cotton and other cargo at Galveston and crossed the Atlantic from Norfolk, arriving at Le Havre 4 April.

    On the 30th, she got underway for New Orleans, coaling at Cardiff and assisting the disabled NOTS cargo ship West Grama en route. She arrived at New Orleans 15 June. Eastport was decommissioned 19 June 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board for disposal the same day.


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