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Western Plains (ID 3741)

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


  • Built in 1918 by the Columbia River Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 October 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1919 at Philadelphia, PA 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 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,576hp Curtis geared steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR David Campbell Austin, USNRF17 October 1918 - 1918
    02LCDR Ivan Ulvestad, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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