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Lake Gedney (ID 3765-C)



Civilian call sign:
Love - Mike - Nan - Pup

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 31 July 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 September 1918 and commissioned the same day at Montreal, Canada
  • Decommissioned 18 August 1919 at Philadelphia, PA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold for scrap in 1928 to the Ford Motor Co. of River Rouge, MI.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,428 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 21' 1"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 58
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS Lake Gedney (ID 3765-C)
    Lake Gedney 64k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Minnesotan 220k Original photo: View of Dry Dock No. 2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, and its surroundings, 15 August 1919. Present in the dry dock are Lake Gedney, in center, and USS Minnesotan (ID 4545), partially visible at right. Both ships were being prepared for decommissioning. In the distance is the Reserve Basin, with several older battleships visible, among them USS Iowa (Battleship No. 4)
    Replacement photo: Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. View of Dry Dock No. 2 and its surroundings, 15 August 1919. Present in the dry dock are Lake Gedney, at left, and USS Minnesotan (ID 4545), center. Both ships were being prepared for decommissioning. In the distance is the Reserve Basin, with several older battleships visible, among them USS Iowa (Battleship No. 4). This photo is taken from the original Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 42572 and NH 46031
    This version is stitched by Time3000
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Lake Gedney
    Minnesotan 910k c. 1927
    At Ford Motor Co. Rouge Plant Shipyard. In storage prior to salvage
    The Henry Ford - The Rouge website
    Photo added 8 November 2019

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Petter Haarberg, USNRF6 September 1918
    02LCDR Thornjorn Leerberg, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    View the Lake Gedney (ID 3765-C)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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