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West Cressey (ID 3813)



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 14 November 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 December 1918 and commissioned USS West Cressey (ID 3552) the same day at the Puget Sound Navy Yard Bremerton, WA
  • Decommissioned 13 May 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease 17 December 1942, renamed Briansk and operated by the Far East State Sea Shipping Co.
  • Returned to U.S. custody in April 1944 due to mechanical problems
  • Retransferred to the Soviet Union 5 November 1944
  • Renamed Tallinn, and assigned to the Baltic Sea 6 November 1946
  • Ran aground off Kamchatka, Soviet Union 4 September 1946
  • Written off in 1948.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,225 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 23' 2"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 81
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    West Cressey 95k Just after launching, at the Skinner & Eddy Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 14 November 1918.
    Photographed by Frank H. Nowell, 1212 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
    US Navy Photo NH 65054-A
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