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West Loquassuck

 

(Freighter: dp. 12,225; l. 423'9"; b. 54'; dph. 29'9"; dr. 24'2˝" (mean); s. 11.5 k.; cpl. 70; a. none)

 

West Loquassuck—a single-screw, steel-hulled cargo freighter constructed under a Shipping Board contract at Seattle, Wash., by the Skinner and Eddy Corp.—was launched on 21 September 1918. Taken over by the Navy for duty with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) and assigned the identification number Id. No. 3638, West Loquassuck was placed in commission at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash., on 15 October 1918, Lt. B. I. Joyce, USNRF, in command.

 

West Loquassuck sailed for Chile soon after completing her sea trials to load guano for shipment to Charleston, S.C. Departing Iquique, Chile, on 4 December, she steamed up the Pacific coast of South America, transited the Panama Canal, and put into Charleston two days before Christmas of 1918. After discharging her cargo, she shifted to Savannah, Ga., to fill her holds with cotton. Underway for the British Isles, West Loquassuck made port at Falmouth, England, on 17 February 1919 and departed on 25 March. Returning in ballast to Boston, Mass., the freighter was decommissioned, struck from the Navy list, and returned to the Shipping Board on 17 April 1919. She remained under Shipping Board ownership until abandoned due to age and deterioration sometime in the latter half of 1933