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Oskaloosa (ID 3800)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - George - Sail


  • Built in 1918 by the Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 December 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 27 February 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Scrapped in 1929.


  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Four Heine boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis geared steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Oslaloosa 36k Probably photographed soon after completion in December 1919
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65110
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Oskaloosa (ID 3800), built by the Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, Calif., in 1918 for USSB, was turned over to the Navy 20 December 1918 and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr Matthew C Johnson, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Oskaloosa took on a cargo of flour at Porta Costa and sailed for New York 11 January 1919. Steaming via the Panama Canal, she arrived 5 February. Scheduled to continue on to Europe, her orders were canceled and, on the 27th, she was decommissioned and returned to USSB. She remained in USSB custody until 1930.

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