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Western Ocean (ID 3151)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Vice - Nan

Freighter:

  • Laid down 6 December 1917 as Joffre by Northwest Steel, Portland, OR for the Compagnie Generale of France
  • Launched 19 March 1918
  • Completed 31 May 1918 by Willamette Iron Works of Portland
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) 17 June 1918, transferred to the Navy and commissioned USS Western Ocean (ID 3151)
  • Decommissioned 22 May 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the USSB
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1937
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom in 1941 and renamed Empire Opossum
  • Sold in 1949 to the James SS Co. of London, England and renamed Marianne Clunies
  • Sold in 1950 to D. Oltmann of Bremen, Germany and renamed Ansgaritor
  • Renamed Schlussel Reed in 1953
  • Scrapped in 1959 at Rotterdam, Holland.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Western Ocean 451k Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspapers, published 1 November 1919 Darryl Baker

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