West Mahomet, a 6087 gross ton (12,225 tons displacement) freighter built at Seattle, Washington, as part of the World War I shipbuilding effort, was completed in mid-November 1918, shortly after the fighting had ended. Turned over to the Navy at that time and placed in commission as USS West Mahomet (ID # 3681), she transported flour from the West Coast to Constantinople, Turkey, between late November 1918 and early February 1919. Following return in the U.S. in early March, she carried Army cargo to Antwerp, Belgium. USS West Mahomet was decommissioned in early June 1919, soon after arriving at Newport News, Virginia, at the end of her second voyage. Transferred to the U.S. Shipping Board, she remained in the custody of that agency until abandoned in about 1933.
This page features all available views concerning USS West Mahomet (ID # 3681) and the civilian freighter West Mahomet of 1918.
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Photo #: 19-N-1733
USS West Mahomet (ID # 3681)
In port, circa November 1918
Note how her "Dazzle" camouflage greatly distorts the apparent aspect of her bow.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
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Photo #: NH 65087
S.S. West Mahomet (American Freighter, 1918)
Launching, at the Skinner and Eddy shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 19 October 1918.
This steamer was turned over to the Navy upon completion and placed in commission as USS West Mahomet (ID # 3681) on 14 November 1918. She was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 3 June 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 28 February 2006