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Western Hope (ID 3771)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Boy - Cast


  • Built in 1918 as War Ruby by J. F. Duthie and Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 29 July 1918
  • Renamed Western Hope prior to completion
  • Completed in September 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 September 1918 and commissioned USS Western Hope (ID 3771) at Seattle the same day
  • Decommissioned 5 May 1919 at Newport News, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Laid up in 1923
  • Broken up in 1932 by the Boston Iron and Metal Works Co. of Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 12,170 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis geared turbine, one shaft.
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    Western Hope 69k Launching, at the J.F. Duthie & Company shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 29 July 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100256
    Naval Historical Center
    Western Hope 66k Photographed immediately after launching, at the J.F. Duthie & Company shipyard, Seattle, Washington, on 29 July 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65083
    Western Hope 37k Shipping advertisement from the 31 May 1921 edition of the Evening Public Ledger newspaper, Philadelphia, PA Tommy Trampp

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