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S.S. Western Maid

12,185 tons


The Aisne was built as part of the World War One merchant shipbuilding program by the Northwest Steel Company in Portland, Oregon and was renamed Western Maid before completion in August of 1918. As soon as she was available she was handed over to the U.S. Navy and commissioned as the USS Western Maid (ID # 3703).

She made one voyage for the Naval Overseas Transportation Service before the Armistice shipping taking flour to Chile and then nitrates to New Orleans. She then sailed to New York with a general cargo and then sailed to England and the Netherlands in early 1919. She was decommissioned when she returned to the U.S. in March of that year and was returned to the United States Shipping Board, in whose service she remained until abandoned in 1933.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; Navy Historical Center website

Western Maid in the builder's yard (Navy Historical center)
Western Maid in the builder's yard (Navy Historical center)


For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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