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Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive
Westport (ID 3548)
Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Vice - Fox
Freighter:Built in 1918 by the Ames Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Seattle, WAAcquired by the Navy 10 September 1918 and commissioned the same dayDecommissioned 31 March 1919, returned to the United States Shipping Board and struck from the Navy RegisterFate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 12,200 t.Length 423' 9"Beam 54'Depth of hold 29' 9"Draft 24' 2"Speed 10.5 kts.Complement 60Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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|01||LCDR Gustaf Ferdinand Swanson, USNRF||10 September 1918|
|02||LCDR Howard Richard Lyons, USNRF||1918 - 31 March 1919|
Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Westport--a steel-hulled, single-screw freighter built under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract at Seattle, Wash., by the Ames Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.--was completed in 1918 and taken over by the Navy at Seattle on 10 September 1918 for operation by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS); assigned identification no. 3548,, and commissioned on the same day, Lt. Comdr. Gustaf F. Swanson, USNRF, in command.
Soon thereafter, Westport departed Seattle, bound for Chile on her maiden voyage. Upon her arrival at Arica, she loaded a cargo of nitrates and got underway again on 8 November 1918--three days before the armistice ended World War I. Sailing via the Panama Canal, the ship arrived at Baltimore, Md., on 28 November and discharged her cargo. She then took on board railroad supplies for shipment to the American Army in France and departed Baltimore on New Year's Day 1919.
The freighter made port at Brest on the 21st and unloaded. She then took on board 1,438 tons of Army return cargo before sailing on 15 February for home. Reaching Baltimore on 14 March, Westport discharged her cargo there before heading for New York City on 24 March. Arriving at New York two days later, Westport was subsequently decommissioned, struck from the Navy list, and returned to the USSB on 31 March 1919.
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