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West Honaker (ID 4455)


Freighter:

  • Built in 1920 by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., San Pedro, CA
  • Completed in December 1920
  • Assigned identification number ID-4455 but never taken over by the Navy
  • Sunk as a block ship 8 June 1944 at Normandy, France.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 8,400 t.
  • Propulsion: Steam
    1926 - One 3,000shp six-cylinder diesel engine, shaft.
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    West Honaker 34k 13 December 1940
    Arriving at Brisbane, Australia
    A prominent American flag is displayed on her side, proclaiming her neutrality
    Photo courtesy of the Australian War Memorial collection
    Robert Hurst
    West Honaker 232k 6 June 1944
    Saint Martin de Varreville, Normandy, France
    Goooseberry No. 1 blockships at Utah Beach. Left to right: West Honaker, No. 558; SS Benjamin Contee, No. 363; SS Vitruvius, No. 362; and SS George S. Wasson, No.560
    National Archives photo
    Tommy Trampp

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