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USS West Elcasco on 7 March 1919

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USS West Elcasco (ID # 3661), 1918-1919.
Originally, and later, S.S. West Elcasco (1918)

West Elcasco, a 6087 gross ton cargo ship, was built at Seattle, Washington, as part of the World War I emergency merchant ship construction program. When completed in October 1918 she was taken over by the Navy on 23 October 1918 and placed in commission as West Elcasco (ID # 3661). The steamer carried a cargo of flour to the U.S. East Coast on her maiden voyage. During December 1918 and January 1919 she transported food to Trieste and Turkey, returning to the U.S. in February and March. With another load of food for a war-torn and hungry Europe, she began her second trans-Atlantic voyage in April, this time to France. USS West Elcasco was decommissioned in mid-June 1919, soon after arriving back in the U.S., and was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 14 June 1919. The ship was sold in 1930 and began commercial operation. She became the U.S. Army's Henry Gibbins in 1941 and retained that name until disposed of in the late 1940s.

This page features all available views of the freighter West Elcasco, which was USS West Elcasco (ID # 3661) in 1918-1919.

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Photo #: NH 65050-A

West Elcasco
(American Freighter, 1918)

Just after launching, at the Skinner & Eddy Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 21 September 1918. Photographed by Frank H. Nowell, 1212 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 740 x 615 pixels

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USS West Elcasco
(ID # 3661)

Arriving at Municipal Pier No. 78 at Philadelphia, Pa., on 7 March 1919 with USS Vittorio Emmanuele III partly visible on the right. Photographed by J. F. A. La Tour, 229 East Upsal St., Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.

The account of the transit to Philadelphia that is on the reverse side of this photograph may be seen here.

Source: Courtesy Dr. Mark Kulikowski.

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USS West Elcasco
(ID # 3661)

Part of the ship's crew circa March 1919.

The list of the names of these crew members that is on the reverse side of this photograph may be seen here. It is an oversized image.

Source: Courtesy Dr. Mark Kulikowski.


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