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Western Sea (ID 3153)

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


  • Built in 1918 as War Emerald by J. F. Duthie and Co., Seattle, WA
  • Renamed Western Sea prior to completion
  • Launched 25 May 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 June 1918 and commissioned USS Western Sea (ID 3153) the same day
  • Decommissioned 9 May 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in 1931 at Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Western Sea 129k Afloat at the time of her launching, 25 May 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65037
    Naval Historical Center
    Western Sea 173k
    Western Sea 95k 26 January 1919
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, circa 2013
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo from
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles E. Stewart, USNRF29 June 1918
    02LCDR Ernest P. Mitchell, USNRF1918
    03LCDR Pryce P. Mitchell, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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