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Lake Otisco (ID 4410-F)



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 as War Oak by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Renamed Lake Otisco during construction
  • Acquired by the Navy, 5 October 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Otisco (ID 4410-F) the same day
  • Decommissioned 4 April 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1921 to the International Coal Transportation Corp. of New York, NY
  • Sold in 1923 to Cie Nationale de Navigation of LeHavre, France and renamed Floreal
  • Sold in 1929 to Hetland A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark and renamed Nivaa
  • Sold in 1933 to Hoyrylaiva O/Y J. Nurminen of Raumo, Finland and renamed Usko
  • Sold in 1939 to J. Pruun of Tallinn, Estonia and renamed Meero
  • On 10 October 1940, the Soviets formally nationalized the Estonian ships, including Meero, within the newly-created Estonian State Sea Shipping Co. Meero was requisitioned for use as military transport VT-542 by the Soviet
    Baltic Fleet and used to evacuate troops from Koivisto on 1 September 1941. On 2 September 1941 while sailing to Leningrad, Meero was torpedoed and sunk by the Finnish torpedo boat Syosky off Koivisto. The crew was
    rescued by other ships.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,015 t.
  • Length 251'
  • Beam 43' 5"
  • Draft 20'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: One 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,200ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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