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Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive
Bellingham (ID 3552)
Bellingham civilian call sign:
Love - Nan - Mike - Pup
Nevastroi call sign:
Unit - Option - Baker - Fox
Bellingham Class Freighter:Built in August 1918 as War Herald by the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, WAAcquired by the Navy 24 October 1918Commissioned USS Bellingham (ID 3552), 30 October 1918Decommissioned 10 May 1919 at Brooklyn, NY and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) the same dayLaid up 24 July 1923 at Camp Eustis, VAIt was included in the sale of 29 surplus USSB ships to the Soviet Union in 1929 and 1930The Soviets renamed the ship Nevastroi and placed it in service in the Far EastIn the late 1930s Nevastroi gained infamy as one of Stalin's "slave ships" moving prisoners to the Kolyma Gulag in far northeastern SiberiaNevastroi served on Lend Lease duties in the Pacific in WWII and was overhauled in the U.S. during that timePossibly lost 16 August 1945 after striking a mineDeleted from 1959/1960 edition of Lloyd's Registry of Shipping.
Specifications:Displacement 10,800 t.Length 396'Beam 53'Draft 23' 9"Speed 10.5 kts.Complement 70Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,300hp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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|01||CDR Charles Olaf W. Lofstrom, USNRF||30 October 1918 - 1919|
|02||LCDR William J. Johnson, USNRF||1919|
Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:
Bellingham is a city in Washington.
Bellingham, a cargo vessel, was built in 1918 by Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, Wash., under a Shipping Board contract; transferred to the Navy 30 October 1918; and commissioned the same day, Commander C. O. W. Lofstrom, USNRF, in command.
Bellingham was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and as her first duty carried a cargo of nitrate from Arica, Chile, to the east coast. She then carried rails and cotton from Charleston,
S. C., to Europe. Upon her return Bellingham was decommissioned 10 May 1919 at Brooklyn, N. Y., and returned to the Shipping Board the same day.
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