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West Eldara (ID 3704)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Watch - Vice


  • Built in 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 November 1918 and commissioned USS West Eldara (ID 3704) the same day
  • Decommissioned 4 June 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1937 to the A. H. Bull Steamship Co., Inc. and renamed Mae
  • Sunk 17 September 1942 by the German submarine U-515 off British Guayana.


  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp steam turbine, one shaft.
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    West Eldara 60k 14 October 1918
    The ships sponsor preparing to christen SS West Eldar
    PEMCO Webster and Stevens Collection, University of Washington, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle. Image Number 1983.10.1279.3
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 2 June 2022
    West Eldara 124k Afloat immediately after launching, at the Skinner and Eddy Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 14 October 1918. Photographed by Frank H. Nowell, 1212 Fourth
    Avenue, Seattle
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65049-A
    Naval Historical Center

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