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West Humhaw (ID 3718)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Watch - Fox

Acquired Design 1013 Freighter:

  • Built by Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA (YN 30)
  • Launched, 28 August 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy, 16 September 1918
  • Commissioned USS West Humhaw (ID 3718), 17 September 1918
  • Decommissioned at New York, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board, 27 January 1919
  • Sold to the American West African Line, 1928
  • Torpedoed and sunk in Convoy ST.40 by the German submarine U-161 60 miles SW of Takoradi, Gold Coast (now Ghana) at 04 19' N, 02 44' W, 08 November 1942
  • The entire crew of 59 survived


  • Displacement 12,225 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 2¼"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended oil fired boilers, one 2,500shp General Electric steam turbine, one shaft.
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    West Humhaw 115k Afloat immediately after launching at the Skinner & Eddy Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, on 26 August 1918. She was built in 51 working days
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65078
    Naval Historical Center
    West humhaw
    519k RPPC of West Humhaw entering an unidentified port, circa 1920s. John Milewski

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