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Western Light (ID 3300)



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

Freighter:

  • Laid down 5 March 1918 by the Northwest Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Launched 27 May 1918 and sponsored by Miss Mollie Green
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board 30 July 1918, transferred to the Navy and commissioned the same day at Portland
  • Decommissioned 14 May 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in Great Britain in 1938.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' "
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 116
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500hp Curtis steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Western Light
    Western Light 117k 27 May 1918
    Launching
    Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919
    Darryl Baker
    Photos added 28 November 2019
    Western Light 117k 27 May 1918
    Ships sponsor, Miss Mollie Green
    Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919
    Western Light 117k Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919
    USS Western Light (ID 3300)
    Western Light 117k Probably shown at Rotterdam in the Netherlands while delivering a cargo of hay, flour and oats in April 1919
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 84506
    Robert Hurst
    Western Light 130k Handling cargo from one of her after holds, probably while delivering a cargo of hay, flour and oats at Rotterdam in the Netherlands in April 1919
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 84507
    Western Light 125k Handling cargo from one of her after holds, probably while delivering a cargo of hay, flour and oats at Rotterdam in the Netherlands in April 1919. The barge alongside which appears to be receiving the cargo is typical of those used on the river and canal systems of Northern Europe. Her name is Clemence and her home port is Antwerp
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 84508

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