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Pasadena (ID 2943)


  • Built as War Beacon in 1918 by Moore and Scott Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, CA
  • Renamed Pasadena prior to completion
  • Launched 27 January 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Pasadena (ID 2943), 13 May 1918
  • Decommissioned 28 April 1919 at Newport News, VA, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12,570 t.
  • Length 416' 6"
  • Beam 53'
  • Draft 26' 5"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5"/51 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,800shp Parsons steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Pasadena 81k Photographed during her trial trip in San Francisco Bay, California, 11 May 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65121
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles Henry Cross, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Pasadena (No. 2943), a cargo ship launched 27 January 1918 as War Beacon by Moore & Scott Shipbuilding Co., Oakland Calif. for the Cunard Steamship Co., was taken over at Mare Island, Calif. and commissioned into NOTS 13 May 1918.

    After refitting at Mare Island, she took on general cargo and steamed 18 May via the Panama Canal and Hampton Roads Va. for New York City, arriving 28 June. She joined up with a convoy at Norfolk, Va. and departed for France 5 July, arriving St. Nazaire the 26th. Returning to New York 29 August, she underwent repairs, took on supplies, and made another convoy crossing between New York and St. Nazaire and back again 15 September-18 November.

    Pasadena steamed independently with general cargo 15 December, arriving Verdon, France 7 January 1919. She returned to New York 11 February. After one more trans-Atlantic run, 2 March-22 April, the steamer was placed in line for demobilization at Newport News, Va., decommissioned, and was turned over to the USSB 28 April 1919.

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