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West Avenal (ID 3871)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Rush - King


  • Built in 1918 by the Western Steel and Pipe Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 February 1919 and commissioned the same day at San Francisco
  • Decommissioned 5 April 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1928.


  • Displacement 12,000 t.
  • Length 427'
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of Hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 23' 6"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: One 2,500shp steam turbine, one shaft.
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    West Avenal 76k 13 October 1918
    Launching at the Schaw-Butcher yard of Western Pipe and Steel Company
    Photo from the November 1918 edition of Pacific Marine Review
    Robert Hurst
    West Avenal 54k Probably photographed circa January 1919, when she was first completed by the Western Pipe and Steel Company, South San Francisco, California
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102910
    Naval Historical Center

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