S.S. West Galeta, a 12,287 ton (displacement) freighter, was built at Los Angeles, California, in 1918. Part of the World War I ship construction program, she was turned over to the Navy upon completion and placed in commission early in September 1918 as USS West Galeta (ID # 3330). She steamed to Chile soon afterwards, encountering heavy weather en route, and there loaded a cargo of nitrates. After transiting the Panama Canal, the ship arrived at New York City a week before the 11 November Armistice brought active combat to an end. Her next trip was to France, and another bout with stormy seas while en route damaged much of her deck cargo. West Galeta returned to the U.S. in late January 1919. A second French voyage, beginning in mid-February, was delayed on the return leg when she lost her propeller and had to be repaired at Brest. Decommissioned in May 1919, West Galeta was transferred to the U.S. Shipping Board, which retained her until 1933, when she was abandoned.
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Photo #: NH 65038
S.S. West Galeta (American Freighter, 1918)
Underway, probably circa summer 1918, when she was completed by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Los Angeles, California.
This ship served as USS West Galeta (ID # 3330) from September 1918 to May 1919.
Note her pattern camouflage.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 29 October 2005