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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive
Lake Erie (SP 2190)
Freighter:The first Lake Erie was built in 1917 as War Beaver by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co, Wyandotte, MILaunched 22 September 1917Renamed Lake Erie prior to completionAcquired by the Navy 31 December 1917Commissioned USS Lake Erie (SP 2190), 17 January 1918Collided 16 January 1919 with the SS Hazel Branch off Lavernock, Wales and sank 5 miles from Cardiff, Wales. Struck from the Navy Register the same dayRaised in August 1919 and sold in November 1919 to Th. Brovig Farsund, Norway and renamed GezinaSold to A/S Erling Mortensen Oslo, Norway in 1946 and renamed RagniSold to Pedersen & Berge Kristiansund, Norway in 1956 and renamed ArpecoSold to M. Clausen Haugesund, Norway in 1958 and renamed ForceBroken up for scrap at Grimstad, Norway in 1959.
Specifications:Displacement 4,300 t.Length 261'Beam 43' 6"Draft 17'
10½"Speed 10 kts.Complement 67Armament: One 5"/50 and one 3"/50 mountPropulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,260hp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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||Photographed while under construction
||Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
||Photographed at about the time she was completed
U.S. Navy photo NH 101997
|Naval Historical Center
||Photographed in an icy port, circa late 1917
U.S. Navy photo NH 101998
|01||LCDR Thor C. Sorensen, USNRF (Later USN) - Awarded three Legions of Merit (1943/1944/1945)|
Retired as Captain
|17 January 1918|
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