(Freighter: dp. 12,200; l. 423'9"; b. 54'0"; dph. 29'9"; dr. 24'1" (mean); s. 10.5 k.; cpl. 92)
Western Sea—a single-screw freighter built under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract at Seattle, Wash., by J. F. Duthie and Co.—was launched on 25 May 1918; taken over by the Navy for service with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service; and commissioned on 29 June 1918, Lt. Comdr. C. E. Stewart, USNRF, in command.
Laden with a cargo of 6,812 tons of flour, Western Sea sailed for the east coast on 7 July; transited the Panama Canal; and arrived at New York on 11 August. She off-loaded her consignment of flour and took on board general cargo—including 14 trucks—for the American Army in France and got underway for Europe.
After reaching Brest, France, the ship moved to Bordeaux where she speedily unloaded her cargo and took on 1,000 tons of pyrites for her voyage home. Proceeding via Halifax, Nova Scotia, she reached New York on 24 November. She remained there only long enough to deliver the pyrites and pick up 7,516 tons of general Army stores. Following a stop at Falmouth, England, she reached Rotterdam, Holland, on 25 January and unloaded her cargo. On 7 Feburary 1919, Western Sea headed for home and arrived at New York on 1 March. She was placed out of commission there two months later, on 9 May 1919, and was returned to the USSB on the same day. She remained in the custody of that agency until the early 1930's