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Lake Fernwood (ID 4410)



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 as War Branch by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH under contract to Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd., agent for the Shipping Controller, London, England
  • Launched 4 May 1918
  • Renamed Lake Fernwood prior to completion
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 September 1918 at Brest, France
  • Commissioned USS Lake Fernwood (ID 4410), 27 September 1918
  • Decommissioned 9 April 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1923 to the Richmond-New York Steamship Co. of New York and renamed Virginia Despatch
  • Sold in 1925 to the Eastern Steamship Lines of Newport News, VA
  • Sold in 1935 to S. A. Sharchi, Imbarchi e Trasporti of Rome, Italy and renamed Mercurio
  • Seized by the Germans in September 1943
  • Sunk by aircraft 22 September 1944 at Parenzo, Italy
  • Raised in October 1949
  • Seized by the Yugoslavian government and broken up at Pola, Croatia.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,330 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 19' 8"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,200ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Lake Fernwood
    Lake Fernwood 101k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Lake Fernwood (ID 4410)
    Lake Fernwood 298k Photographed in port, 1918-1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107021-A
    Robert Hurst

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