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West Carnifax (ID 3812)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - George - Cast


  • Built in 1918 by the Southwestern Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 December 1918 and commissioned USS West Carnifax (ID 3812) the same day
  • Decommissioned 9 May 1919, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in late 1927to the Export Steamship Corp. of New York, NY and renamed Exford
  • Sold in the 1930s to the Pan Atlantic Steamship Co. of Mobile, AL and renamed Pan Royal
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration in March 1942
  • Sunk in a collision while steaming in convoy on 9 February 1943.


  • Displacement 11,211 t.
  • Length 427'
  • Beam 64'
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Speed 10.6 kts.
  • Complement 83
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: One 2,800hp steam engine, one shaft.
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    West Carnifax 96k In a European port, circa 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102938
    Naval Historical Center
    West Carnifax 72k In port, after World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85655

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