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West Hosokie (ID 3695)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Sail - Have

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 15 August 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 August 1918 and commissioned USS West Hosokie (ID 3695) the same day
  • Decommissioned 2 July 1919 at Newport News, VA, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1929 to the Los Angeles Steamship Co. of Los Angeles, CA
  • Renamed Constance Chandler in 1930
  • Sold in 1935 to the Matson Steamship Line
  • Renamed Liloa in 1939
  • Transferred by the War Shipping Administration in 1944 to the Soviet Union late in World War II, being handed over 13 January 1945 and assigned under the name Belorussia to the Far East State Sea Shipping Co.
  • Never returned to the U.S., it served in the Soviet Union for many years until being handed over for disposal 28 November 1960.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,100.5 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24'
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: One 3,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    West Hosokie 116k Photographed by her builder, while on trials off Seattle on 29 August 1918. She had been built in 65 working days.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65073-A
    Naval Historical Center
    West Hosokie 127k At the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, circa March 1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 399
    West Hosokie 61k Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 11 March 1919. Her pattern camouflage is a modified version of that applied when she was completed in August 1918. Note the absence of guns, and signalman "wig-wagging" atop the pilothouse.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 48486

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