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Western Maid (ID 3703)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - King - Tare


  • Laid down 20 March 1918 as Aisne by the Northwestern Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Launched 8 July 1918 and sponsored y Mrs. W. D. Wheelwright
  • Renamed Western Maid prior to completion
  • Delivered 15 August 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 August 1918 and commissioned USS Western Maid (ID 3703) the same day
  • Decommissioned 20 March 1919 at Baltimore, MD and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933.


  • Displacement 12,185 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,300shp DeLaval steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Western Maid
    Western Maid 266k 8 July 1918
    After launching
    Photo from Northwest Steel employee newspaper published 1 November 1919
    Darryl Baker
    Photo added 28 November 2019
    Western Maid 138k Photographed on 13 August 1918 by her builder, Northwestern Steel Company, Portland, Oregon
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102561
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Western Maid (ID 3703)
    Western Maid 266k Photo courtesy of the family of George Melvin Blair, USN Jon E. Miller

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Edmond Oscar Smith, USNRF17 August 1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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