(American Freighter, 1918) Afloat immediately after launching, at the Skinner and Eddy shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 12 September 1918. Completed a few weeks later, this steamship was turned over to the Navy on 30 September 1918 and placed in commission as USS West Lashaway (ID # 3700) on 1 October 1918. Following operation by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 12 April 1919. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.