West Loquassuck, a 6087 gross ton (12,225-tons displacement) freighter built in 1918 at Seattle, Washington, was turned over to the Navy upon completion and placed in commission in mid-October 1918 as USS West Loquassuck (ID # 3638). Operated by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, her maiden voyage took her to Chile to pick up a cargo of nitrates (guano), which she carried through the Panama Canal to Charleston, South Carolina, in December 1918. During the first three months of 1919 the ship made a trip to Falmouth, England, with a load of cotton, and returned to the United States. USS West Loquassuck was decommissioned in mid-April 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. That agency retained her until 1933, when she was abandoned.
This page features all available views concerning the freighter West Loquassuck, which was USS West Loquassuck (ID # 3638) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 65085
S.S. West Loquassuck (American Freighter, 1918)
Launching, at the Skinner and Eddy shipyard, Seattle, Washington, circa late September 1918.
This steamship was turned over to the Navy upon completion and placed in commission as USS West Loquassuck (ID # 3638) on 15 October 1918. She was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 17 April 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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