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West Humhaw (ID 3718)

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


  • Built in 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 28 August 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 September 1918
  • Commissioned USS West Humhaw (ID 3718), 17 September 1918
  • Decommissioned 27 January 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1928/29 to the American-West African Line
  • Torpedoed and sunk 8 November 1942 by the German submarine U-163 in the South Atlantic at 4 21' N., 2 42' W
  • The entire crew 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
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