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Western Comet (ID 3569)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Vice - Pup


  • Laid down 21 April 1918 as Argonne by the Northwest Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Completed by the Willamette Iron Works of Portland
  • Launched 23 July 1918
  • Ships sponsor Miss Alleyn Johnson
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) 21 September 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 September 1918 and commissioned USS Western Comet (ID 3569)the same day
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1919 at New York and returned to the USSB
  • Abandoned in 1933.


  • Displacement 12,100 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24'
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 3,000shp De Laval steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Western Comet 640k Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919 Darryl Baker
    Western Comet 680k
    Western Comet 251k

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