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Kamesit (ID-3829)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Quack - Dog

Acquired Design 1015 Freighter:
  • Built by Moore Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, CA (YN 127 / USSB hull 151)
  • Launched, 22 July 1918
  • Delivered to US Shipping Board, San Francisco, CA, as Kamesit (ON 217488), 29 January 1919
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 23 May 1919
  • Transferred to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Final disposition, scrapped by Union SB Co., Baltimore, MD, 1930


  • Displacement 6,171 gross tons, 4,605 net tons
  • Length 416' 6" overall
  • Beam 53'
  • Draft 26' 5¼"
  • Speed 11 knots
  • Complement 81
  • Armament: Two 5"/51 and two 4"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Four Heine oil-fired boilers, one 2,800ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Kamesit 90k Date and location unknown.
    U.S.Navy photo NR&L(M) 40305
    Naval History & Heritage Command
    Kamesit 69k Photographed when first completed in late 1918, probably while on her trial trip in San Francisco Bay, California.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photos NH 64599, NH 102838 and NH 100858
    Kamesit 59k
    Kamesit 63k
    Kamesit 113k SS Kamesit photographed on 24 January 1919 alongside a sister, Yamhill (later USS Arctic (AF-7)), at the yard of her builder, Moore Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, California.
    National Archives photo from
    Robert Hurst
    209k RPPC of officers of Kamesit (ID-3829), 1919. Writing on back states: "in order of size: 1st asst. engineer, Capt., Chief Engineer, mate." Dave Wright

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Kamesit, a cargo ship, was built by the Moore Shipbuilding Co., Oakland Calif., in 1918 for the USSB; delivered to the Navy in January 1919; and commissioned 29 January at Mare Island, Calif., Lt. Comdr. A. [Andrew] J. Shrader, USNRF, in command.

    Departing Mare Island 1 February, Kamesit loaded with barley at Porta Costa, Calif., and sailed 13 February for New York via the Panama Canal. She transited the canal 28 February and diverted to Newport News, arriving 8 March. After receiving repairs and fuel, Kamesit sailed the 18th for Hull, England, where she arrived 6 April to discharge her cargo. Loaded with ballast, she departed for New York the 18th and returned to Hull the same day for repair of a disabled steering gear. Underway 26 April, she received orders 8 May to proceed to Philadelphia and arrived 18 May. Kamesit decommissioned 23 May and was delivered to USSB the same day. She remained in custody of USSB until abandoned in 1930.

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