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Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:54 pm

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Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 4 by Northwest Steel at Portland OR for the United Shipping Board, Portland.
Laid down as the WAR ARCHER.
13 January 1918 launched as the WESTSHORE also given as WEST SHORE she was one of a series of 46 cargo ships built on various yards in the USA for the United Shipping Board.
Tonnage 5,714 grt, displacement 12,185 ton, dim. 130.99 x 16.16 x 9.07m, length bpp. 124.89, draught 7.47m.
Powered by one steam turbine , hp? One shaft, speed 10.5 knots.
Crew during wartime 70-90 as merchant ship about 30.
April 1918 completed. Homeport Portland.
(Miramar gives that she in 1918 was sold to the British Government at London.)

USS WEST SHORE, a 12,000-ton (displacement) cargo ship, was built in 1918 at Portland, Oregon, as the civilian freighter of the same name. After completion she steamed to the East Coast, where the U.S. Navy took her over and placed her in commission early in August 1918. On her first Navy voyage she carried vehicles to Brest, France, arriving in mid-October. World War I ended while she was en route back to the U.S., and her next trip was to Rotterdam, Holland, with a cargo of food. USS WEST SHORE returned to New York from this trip in early February 1919. She was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board a month later. The ship, sometimes listed under the name WESTSHORE, remained under that agency's ownership until abandoned in 1929-1930.

I can’t find anything on her use as a merchant cargo ship after she was handed back to the U.S. Shipping Board. It looks that she was put in reserve.
Broken up Baltimore 2quarter 1930 by Boston Iron & Metals Co.
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