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West Elcasco (AK 33)
ex-Henry Gibbins (AE 7)
ex-USAT Major General Henry Gibbins
ex-USS West Elcasco (ID 3661)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - King - Vice

West Elcasco served both the U. S. Navy and Army.


  • Laid down 8 July 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 21 September 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 October 1918 and commissioned USS West Elcasco (ID 3661) the same day
  • Decommissioned 14 June 1919 at Boston, MA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1930 to the Mississippi Shipping Co.
  • Acquired by the Army 24 July 1941 and renamed USAT Major General Henry Gibbins
  • Renamed and reclassified Henry Gibbins (AE 7) by the Navy but never taken over and renamed and reclassified West Elcasco (AK 33) the same day
  • Torpeoded and sunk 23 June 1942 by the German submarine U-158, 375 miles west of Key West, FL.


  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 11.26 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: Two 4"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam turbine engine, one shaft.
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    West Elcasco 96k Just after launching, at the Skinner & Eddy Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 21 September 1918.
    Photographed by Frank H. Nowell, 1212 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
    US Navy photo NH 65050-A
    Naval Historical Center

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