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Lake Michigan (ID 2993)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Fox - Vice

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 as War Finch by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Renamed Lake Michigan while under construction
  • Acquired by the Navy 30 January 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Michigan (ID 2993) the same day
  • Decommissioned 4 October 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1920 to Lloyd Lloyd Royal Belge, S.A. of Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Picardier
  • Stranded 12 December 1923 in the Baltic Sea after breaking her rudder off Hernosand, Sweden during a blizzard and broke her back, a total loss.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,243 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 9"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 64
  • Armament: One 5" mount and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,200ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Lake Michigan 47k Under construction as War Finch. Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Michigan 101k In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 27 December 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 10524.
    Robert Hurst

    View the Lake Michigan (ID 2993)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval Historical Center web site.

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