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Lake Garza (ID 4086-A)

Call sign:
Love - Mike - Sail - Tare


  • Built in 1918 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 31 July 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 September 1918 at Montreal, Canada and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 21 July 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold for scrap in 1926 to the Ford Motor Co., River Rouge, MI.


  • Displacement 1,433 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 21' 1¾"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Lake Garza 122k At Swansea, Wales, in 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107025
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Harry Evarist Vercy, USNRF24 September 1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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