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West Zula (ID 3501)



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Los Angeles, CA for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Launched 4 July 1918
  • Commissioned 19 August 1918
  • Delivered to the Navy at San Pedro, CA
  • Decommissioned 24 February 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy list and returned to the USSB
  • Scrapped in 1937.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Four Heine boilers, one Westinghouse steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    West Zula 103k Underway, probably during builder's trials, circa September 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65079
    Naval Historical Center
    West Zula 56k In port, probably at the time of her completion by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of San Pedro, California, circa September 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89437
    West Zula 109k Photographed on 24 September 1918 by her builder, the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., San Pedro, California
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe.com
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Walter E. Manning, USNRF26 September 1918
    02LCDR Charles A. Holbert, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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