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Lake Capens (ID 4358)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Jig - Pup


  • Built in 1918 as War Otter by the Superior Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI for Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd. of London, England
  • Requisitioned by the U.S. Shipping Board under Urgent Deficiencies Act of 13 June 1917
  • Renamed Lake Capens prior to completion
  • Launched 19 July 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 October 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Capens (ID 4358) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 27 September 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1926 to John Barnett Waterman of Mobile, AL
  • Transferred in 1927 by the Mobile, Miami and Gulf Steamship Corp. of Mobile, AL
  • Acquired in 1929 by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co. of Mobile and converted to a barge
  • Acquired in 1941 by the Moran Towing and Transportation Co. of New York
  • Acquired in 1943 by the Atwacoal Co. of New York
  • Acquired in 1948 by D. T. Sheridan of Philadelphia, PA
  • Scrapped in 1957


  • Displacement 2,026 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 9"
  • Speed 9.5 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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