SS West View
SS West View in port ca. autumn 1918.
|Name:||USS West View|
|Builder:||Northwest Steel Company, Portland, Oregon|
|Acquired:||21 November 1918|
|Commissioned:||21 November 1918|
|Decommissioned:||20 January 1919|
|Struck:||20 January 1919|
|Fate:||Transferred to United States Shipping Board 20 January 1919|
|Tonnage:||5,808 gross tons|
|Length:||428 ft (130 m)|
|Beam:||54 ft (16 m)|
|Draft:||24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)|
|Depth:||29 ft 9 in (9.07 m)|
SS West View was built in 1918 as a commercial cargo ship at Portland, Oregon by the Northwest Steel Company for the United States Shipping Board. Although she was never assigned a naval registry identification number, she was delivered to the Navy on 21 November 1918 and commissioned the same day as USS West View at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington.
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, West View departed the United States West Coast with a cargo of 7,200 tons of flour. Voyaging via the Panama Canal, she arrived at New York City on 12 January 1919.
Once again SS West View, she lay in reserve in the James River in Virginia in the custody of the U.S.Shipping Board and its successor, the United States Maritime Commission until ca. 1938, when she probably was scrapped due to age and deterioration.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: S.S. West View (American Freighter, 1918). Served as USS West View in 1918-1919. Name also spelled Westview
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: West View