(American Freighter, 1918) Underway, probably during builder's trials, circa September 1918. Built by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at San Pedro, California, this ship was transferred to the Navy upon completion. She was placed in commission as USS West Zula (ID # 3501) on 26 September 1918 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 24 February 1919. Note her dazzle camouflage. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.