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Lake Pepin (ID 4215)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Jig - Tare

Samoa call sign (1933):
King - Tare - Unit - Interrogatory


  • Built in 1918 as Muerthe by the McDougall-Duluth Co., Duluth, MN
  • Renamed Lake Pepin prior to completion
  • Acquired by the Navy 4 September 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Pepin (ID 4215) at Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Decommissioned 18 June 1919 and was returned to the United States Shipping Board the same day
  • Sold in 1923 to the Hammond Lumber Co. of San Francisco, CA as the freighter Samoa
  • Sold again in 1935 to the Wheeler Logging Co. of Portland, OR
  • Sold in 1936 to C. H. Wheeler of Portland
  • Sold in 1942 to W. A. Schaefer of Portland,
  • Sold for the final time, in 1946, to the U.S. Maritime Commission
  • Broken up for scrap in 1948 at Pittsburgh, PA.


  • Displacement 2,240 t.
    1933 - 1,997 t.
  • Length 261'
    1933 - 251'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 8½"
    1933 - 18.1'
  • Speed 9.25 kts.
  • Complement 52
    1933 - 27
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,250hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Lake Pepin 37k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Pepin 75k U.S. Navy photo NH 102001 Naval Historical Center

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