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Lake Tulare (ID 2652)

Civilian call sign:
Love - Jig - Tare - Dog


  • Built in 1917 as War Valour by the Superior Ship Building Co., Superior, WI
  • Renamed Lake Tulare before completion
  • Launched 15 December 1917
  • Acquired by the Army for use as a cargo transport
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Lake Tulare (ID 2652), 19 October 1918 at Cardiff, Wales
  • Transferred to the U.S. Food Administration 1 March 1919
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Navy Register 15 September 1919, returned to the United States Shipping Board and sold to the International Coal Transportation Co. of New York, NY
  • Sold in 1923 to K. Th. Einersen of Oslo, Norway
  • Sold in 1924 to Skibs. A/S Manitowoc of Christiania, Norway and renamed Bestik
  • Sold in 1931 to the China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. of Shanghai, China and renamed Hai Hsiang
  • Sold in 1938 to William Hunt and Co., Ltd. of Shanghai
  • Bombed and sunk by the Japanese 8 December 1941 at Szechuen, China
  • Raised in 1946 and scrapped.


  • Displacement 2,500 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 9"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Lake Tulare 100k 24 April 1918 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Tulare 104k At Danzig [Poland] in 1919, while assigned to the U.S. Food Administration
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107026
    Robert Hurst

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