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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Image posted 9 October 2006