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West Conob (ID 4033)



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1919 by the Los Angles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., San Pedro, CA
  • Assigned the Navy identification number ID-4033, but was never taken over by the Navy
  • Renamed Golden Eagle in 1934 and Muana Loa in 1940
  • Sunk by Japanese bombers 19 February 1942 at Port Darwin, Australia.

    Specifications:: Displacement 6,036 t.

  • Length 410'
  • Beam 54.4'
  • Draft 27.2'
  • Complement 73
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: One 3,500ihp triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS West Conab
    West Conob 40k In the color scheme of her postwar mercantile service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103127
    Naval Historical Center
    SS Muana Loa
    West Conob 52k Three ships in Darwin Harbor just prior to the first Japanese raid on 19 February 1942. Identified from left: The Sloop, HMAS Swan (U 74); the transport ship, SS Mauna Loa, which was sunk during the Japanese air raid; and the Sloop, HMAS Warrego (U 73). Both Sloops survived the war and are seen here camouflaged
    Photo P05303.021 from Australian War Museum
    Robert Hurst
    West Conob 27k Darwin, Northern Territory. Seen from the drydock, fire breaks out aboard the American transport SS Mauna Loa, hit during the Japanese air raid on 19 February 1942. The corvette HMAS Deloraine
    (J 232)
    is at center left
    Photo 304984/01 from Australian War Museum
    West Conob 23k The United States Transport ship SS Mauna Loa lists to starboard before sinking in Darwin Harbor, after being attacked by carrier based aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy on 19 February 1942. Photo taken from the corvette, HMAS Warrnambool (J 202)
    Photo P09303.007 from Australian War Museum

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