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Chebaulip (ID 3141)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Fox - Dog


  • Built in 1918 as War Artist by the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Renamed Tacoma prior to launching
  • Completed as Chebaulip
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 July 1918
  • Commissioned USS Chebaulip (ID 3141), 12 July 1918
  • Returned to to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) 10 February 1919
  • Decommissioned, 7 May 1919 and struck from the Navy Register
  • Chebaulip was part of a major sale of 29 surplus USSB ships to the Soviet Union in 1929 and 1930. The Soviets renamed the ship Kashirstroi and assigned it to the Far East Main Administration of
    Sovtorgflot, Odessa; which in 1934 was renamed the Far East State Sea Shipping Co. Kashirstroi served for many years in the Far East, including at times in support or NKVD (KGB) operations moving forced laborers by sea to the Gulag camps in Kolyma, Siberia. During WWII it operated on Lend Lease missions in the Pacific and was extensively overhauled in the U.S. Kashirstroi was withdrawn from service in the late 1950s or early 1960s
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 10,820 t.
  • Length 396'
  • Beam 53' 9"
  • Draft 23' 9"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,100hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Chebaulip 114 Eric Simmons
    Chebaulip 138
    Chebaulip 149
    Chebaulip 150
    Chebaulip 134 American docks at Bordeaux, France.

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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Chebaulip (No. 3141) was launched in 1918 by Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., Tacoma, Wash.; acquired from the Shipping Board 11 July 1918; commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander G. Winkel, USNRF, in command; and reported to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.

    Chebaulip sailed from Puget Sound Navy Yard 17 July 1918 for Arica, Chile, where from 12 to 20 August she loaded a cargo of nitrates for manufacture of explosives. After unloading at New Orleans she carried cotton and steel rails to U.S. forces in France. Between 16 October and 27 April she made two convoy crossings with similar cargo. On her last return trip, she carried ordnance supplies no longer required in Europe.

    Chebaulip was decommissioned 7 May 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board.

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