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Berwyn (ID 3565)



Civilian call sign:
Love - Mike - Dog - Have

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Completed in October 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 September 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 10 May 1919 at Brooklyn, NY and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Sold in 1920 to the French American Line, Inc.
  • Wrecked 6 September 1920 at the Kuria Maria Island Group off the southern coast of Oman at approximately 17 44' N., 56 38' W.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 10,570 t.
  • Length 391' 9"
  • Beam 52'
  • Draft 24'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 51
  • Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Berwyn 152k Original photo: Off the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland, upon completion, 26 September 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 64594-A
    Replacement photo: From Shipscribe.com
    Second replacement photo: Off the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland, upon completion, 26 September 1918
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 64594-A from the National Archives
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photos: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officer - USS Berwyn (ID 3565)
    01LCDR Charles Etzweiler, USN28 September 1918 - 10 May 1919
    Commanding Officer - SS Berwyn
    01Master A. W. Johnson, USSB10 May 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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