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Western Belle (ID 3551)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Quack - Mike

Freighter:

  • Laid down 20 June 1918 by the Columbia River Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 28 September 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 November 1918 and commissioned the same day at Puget Sound Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 3 May 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1932 to Merritt, Chapman, and Scott Corp. of New York
  • Abandoned in 1933.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 12,100 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' ½"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp Kerr steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Western Belle 239k 28 September 1918
    Launching
    National Archives photo 165-WW 499 84
    Mike Mohl

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