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Kermanshah (ID 1473)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Pup - Mike


  • Built in 1910 as Himalaya by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Newcastle, England
  • Acquired by the Navy, 1 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Kermanshah (ID 1473), 3 August 1918
  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) for return to her owner the same day
  • Renamed Oceana in 1922
  • Renamed Nymphe in 1927
  • Renamed Kalliopi in 1928
  • Torpedoed and sunk 7 February 1943 by the German submarine U-402 in the North Atlantic at 55 27' N, 26 08' W.


  • Displacement 4,948 t.
  • Length 390'
  • Beam 52' 6"
  • Draft 26' 7"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 3,000hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Kermanshah 72k In port, circa 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 100111
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Kermanshah, a cargo ship, was built in 1910 by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Newcastle, England; taken over by the Navy from her owner, Kerr Navigation Corp., New York, 1 August 1918; and commissioned at New York 3 August, Lt. Comdr. S. W. Hickey, USNRF, in command.

    Kermanshah departed New York 17 August in convoy for Bordeaux, France, with a cargo of general Army supplies. Arriving 3 September she returned to New York 24 September. Departing once again for Bordeaux 12 October, she made two more trips between New York and French ports. Subsequently, she arrived New York 13 February 1919 from Nantes, France, with a cargo of munitions. Kermanshah decommissioned 5 March and was turned over to the USSB for return to her owner the same day.

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