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Western Spirit (ID 3164)



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

Freighter:

  • Laid down 9 February 1918 by the Northwestern Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Launched 6 May 1918 and sponsored by Mrs. Charles F. Beebe
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board 16 July 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 July 1918
  • Commissioned 30 July 1918
  • Decommissioned 17 April 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500hp Curtis steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Western Spirit
    Western Spirit 385k 6 May 1918
    Launching
    Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919
    Darryl Baker
    Photo added 28 November 2019
    USS Western Spirit (ID 3164)
    Western Spirit 61k In port, possibly at Portland, Oregon, in July 1918, when first completed by the Northwestern Steel Company, of Portland
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99431
    Naval Historical Center
    Western Spirit 106k Photographed off the Albina Dock, Portland, Oregon, circa mid-July 1918, probably upon completion of construction by the Northwestern Steel Company, of Portland
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102562
    Western Spirit 158k Photographed circa mid-July 1918, probably off the Albini Dock, Portland, Oregon. This photo may show the ship while she was still S.S. Western Spirit, at the time of her construction was completed by the Northwestern Steel Company, of Portland.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104948
    Robert Hurst
    Western Spirit 507k Crossing the Submarine Zone
    Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919
    Darryl Baker
    Photos added 28 November 2019
    Western Spirit 509k

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