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West Indian (ID 3120)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Rush - Cast


  • Built in 1918 as War Diamond by the Columbia River Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR
  • Renamed West Indian prior to completion
  • Launched 27 February 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 May 1918 and commissioned USS West Indian (ID 3120) the same day
  • Decommissioned 5 September 1918
  • Recommissioned 7 November 1918 at New York
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1919, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scraped in 1938 at Briton Ferry, United Kingdom.


  • Displacement 12,100 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24'
  • Complement 70
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Propulsion: Three single ended oil fired boilers, one 2,500shp General Electric steam Turbine, one shaft.
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    West Indian 107k In port, circa 1918-1919. West Indian's pattern camouflage and empty bow gun platform, indicate that the photograph was taken soon after the end of World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102523
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