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Lake Crescent (ID 2557)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Vice - Watch


  • Built in 1918 as War Duty by the Chicago Shipbuilding Co., South Chicago, IL under contract to Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd., agent for the Shipping Controller, London, England
  • Launched 31 January 1918
  • Requisitioned by U.S. Shipping Board under Urgent Deficiencies Act of June 13, 1917
  • Renamed Lake Crescent prior to completion
  • Operated as a Army transport
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 October 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Crescent (ID 2557) the same day at Cardiff, Wales
  • Decommissioned 25 July 1919 at New Orleans, LA and returned to the United States Shipping Board.
  • Sold to the Columbian Steamship Co., Inc. of New York, NY
  • Acquired by the Colombian Steamship Co. (R.C. Pugand, Mgr.) of Rio Hacha, Colombia and renamed Padilla
  • Acquired in 1930 by the Colombian Steamship Co., Inc. of New York, NY
  • Acquired in 1935 by Marine Querci of Genoa, Italy and renamed Morea
  • Sunk 16 August 1940 by HMS Osiris (N 67) under the command of Lt.Cdr. John Robert Garstin Harvey, RN, 50 miles west of Durazzo, Albania en route from Durazzo to Bari, Italy.


  • Displacement 2,051 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 6"
  • Speed 10 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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