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West Hobomac (ID 3335)

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


  • Built in 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 27 July 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 August 1918 and commissioned USS West Hobomac (ID 3335) the same day at Portland, OR
  • Decommissioned 10 June 1919 at Newport News, VA, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1933 to the Lykes Brothers, Ripley Steamship Co.
  • Sold to French interests in 1940 and operating under the British flag she was renamed Ile De Batz
  • Sunk 17 March 1942 by the German submarine U-68 off the coast of West Africa.


  • Displacement 12,225.5 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis steam turbine, one shaft.
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    West Hobomac 107k At the Skinner and Eddy shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 1918. The inset features the ship sponsor, the company vice-president's wife, Mrs. H. G. Seaborn
    Photo from Pacific Marine Review, September 1918, p. 91
    Robert Hurst
    West Hobomac 99k Photographed by her builder, while on trials off Seattle on 17 August 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65053-A
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Peter F. Johnson17 August 1918
    02LCDR Frederick W. Sievers, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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