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Lake Erie (SP 2190)


Cargo Ship: Built in 1917 as War Beaver by the American Shipbuilding Co., Detroit, MI; Renamed Lake Erie while under construction; Acquired by the Navy, 17 January 1918 and commissioned as USS Lake Erie (SP 2190) the same day. She operated for a few months as a collier along the U.S. east coast. Beginning in April 1918, she made four round-trip voyages to Europe, carrying general cargo and mines for use in establishing anti-submarine barriers. Sunk in a collision with the steamer Hazel Branch off Cardiff, Wales on 16 January 1919; Lake Erie was raised in August and sold in November 1919 to Th. Brovig Farsund, Norway and renamed Gezina; Sold to A/S Erling Mortensen Oslo, Norway in 1946 and renamed Ragni ; Sold to Pedersen & Berge Kristiansund, Norway in 1956 and renamed Arpeco; Sold to M. Clausen Haugesund, Norway in 1958 and renamed Force; Broken up for scrap at Grimstad, Norway in 1959.

Specifications: Displacement 2,330 t.; Length 263'; Beam 43' 6"; Draft 17' 6"; Speed 9 kts.; Complement 67;
Armament unknown.


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Lake Erie 34k Photographed while under construction. Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
Lake Erie 70k Photographed at about the time she was completed.
USN Photo NH 101997
Naval Historical Center
Lake Erie 67k Photographed in an icy port, circa late 1917.
USN Photo NH 101998
Naval Historical Center

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