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Lake Arthur (ID 2915)

Civilian call sign:
Love - Jig - Sail - Fox


  • Built in 1918 as War Palm by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Wyandotte, MI under contract to the Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd. of London, England
  • Requisitioned by the United States Shipping Board
  • Launched 16 February 1918
  • Completed as Lake Arthur
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 September 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Arthur (ID 2915) the same day at Brest, France
  • Decommissioned 3 April 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1921 to the Richmond-New York Steamship Co. of Newport News, VA and renamed Virginia Limited
  • Sold in 1925 to the Eastern Steamship Lines of Portsmouth, VA
  • Sold in 1930 to Gordon C. Leitch of Middlesborough, England
  • Resold in 1930 to Helmsing and Grimm of Riga, Latvia and renamed Valentine
  • Sold in 1932 to Schiffahrts A.G. Nord Ost of Riga
  • Sold again in 1932 to Klat Albert of Alexandria, Egypt and renamed Sesostris
  • Sold in 1934 to Hanseatische Reederei Emil Offen and Co. of Hamburg, Germany
  • Seized the the British in May 1945 at Kiel, Germany and used as a chemical ammunition dump
  • Scuttled 31 December 1946 in the North Sea in the Skagerrak Strait, SW from Arendal, Norway with a cargo of chemical weapons.


  • Displacement 1,948 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 9¼"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,300ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Lake Arthur 75k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Arthur 95k Lake Arthur, S.S. Lake Weston (later USS Lake Weston, ID-2926) and S.S Lake Stirling (no U.S. WW I service) fitting out at the Detroit Shipbuilding Company Shipyard, Wyandotte, Michigan, circa Spring 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104072
    Robert Hurst

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