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West Kyska (ID 3701)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Sail - Tare


  • Laid down 9 July 1918 as West Wyska by the Northwest Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Renamed West Kyska prior to completion
  • Launched 7 October 1918
  • Sponsored by Mrs. Gerald E. Beebe
  • Delivered the the United States Shipping Board (USSB) 22 November 1918, transferred to the Navy and commissioned USS West Kyska (ID 3701) the same day
  • Decommissioned 3 May 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy list and returned to the USSB
  • Sold in 1932 to the Waterman Steamship Co. of Mobile, AL
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in 1944
  • Disappeared from merchant lists in 1949
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended oil fired boiler, one 2,500shp General Electric steam turbine, one shaft.
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    West Kyska 429k Photos from Northwest Steel employee newspapers published 1 November 1919 Darryl Baker
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