S.S. West Avenal, a 5808 gross ton (12,200-tons displacement) freighter was built at South San Francisco, California, as part of the World War I ship constrution program. Completed in early 1919, a few months after the conflict's end, she was turned over to the Navy at the beginning of February and placed in commission at that time as USS West Avenal (ID # 3871). After taking a cargo of flour from the West Coast to Norfolk, Virginia, she was decommissioned in early April 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. West Avenal was abandoned in 1928.
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Photo #: NH 102910
S.S. West Avenal (American Freighter, 1919)
Probably photographed circa January 1919, when she was first completed by the Western Pipe & Steel Company, South San Francisco, California.
This freighter was taken over by the Navy on 1 February 1919 and placed in commission as USS West Avenal (ID # 3871). She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 5 April 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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