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Photo #  NH 65083:  S.S. Western Hope immediately after launching, 29 July 1918


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S.S. Western Hope (American Freighter, 1918).
Originally named War Ruby.
Served as USS Western Hope (ID # 3771) in 1918-1919

Western Hope, a 5750 gross ton (12,170 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Seattle, Washington, as part of the World War I civilian shipbuilding program. Completed in late September 1918, she was immediately turned over to the Navy and placed in commission as USS Western Hope (ID # 3771). As a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she made one voyage prior to the November 1918 Armistice, taking flour to the U.S. East Coast by way of the Panama Canal. Between mid-November and early December she steamed across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean Sea, unloading her flour at Trieste before returning to the United States in March and April 1919. USS Western Hope was decommissioned in early May 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board, which retained her until the early 1930s, when she was abandoned.

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Photo #: NH 100256

S.S. Western Hope
(American Freighter, 1918)

Launching, at the J.F. Duthie & Company shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 29 July 1918.
Originally ordered by the British as War Ruby, this ship was requisitioned by the U.S. Shipping Board while under construction and renamed Western Hope. She was transferred to the U.S. Navy upon completion and placed in commission on 25 September 1918 as USS Western Hope (ID # 3771). The ship was returned to the Shipping Board on 5 May 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 65083

S.S. Western Hope
(American Freighter, 1918)

Photographed immediately after launching, at the J.F. Duthie & Company shipyard, Seattle, Washington, on 29 July 1918.
This ship served as USS Western Hope (ID # 3771) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 40KB; 740 x 480 pixels

 


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