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Lake Side (ID 2158)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Dog - Cast

Freighter/Mine Carrier:

  • Built in 1917 as War Signal by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Renamed Lake Side before completion
  • Launched 22 September 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 December 1917
  • Commissioned USS Lake Side (ID 2158), 25 January 1918 at New York
  • Decommissioned 6 March 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge, S.A. of Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Sicilier
  • Sold in 1925 to Armement Gylsen, S.A. of Antwerp and renamed Koffiehandel
  • Sold again in 1925 to S.A. de Gerance et d'Armement of Dunkirk, France and renamed Cap Fedhala
  • Sold in 1932 to A.G. Pappadakis of Piraeus, Greece and renamed Virginia
  • Sold in 1946 to Transmediterranean Nav. Co. of Alexandria, Panama
  • Stranded west of Atherfield, Isle of Wight, 24 December 1952
  • Refloated 23 January 1953 and towed to Southampton, England
  • Declared a constructive total loss and laid up
  • Scrapped 18 November 1953 at Aviles, Spain.


  • Displacement 4,400 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 8½"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 64
  • Armament: One 5"/51 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,300hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    War Signal
    Lake Side 58k Under construction as War Signal Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    SS Lake Side
    Lake Side 94k In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 15 December 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105216
    Robert Hurst
    SS Virginia
    Lake Side 72k Her owner during this period was Greek, and her name is rendered here on the bow in both Latin and Hellenic letters.
    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR, (Retired), 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105233
    Robert Hurst

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