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Lake St. Clair (ID 2904)

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


  • Built in 1917 as War Goblin by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI
  • Launched 12 December 1917
  • Renamed Lake St. Clair prior to completion
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 October 1919 and commissioned USS Lake St. Clair (ID 2904) the same day at Cardiff, Wales
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy Register 11 September 1919 at Philadelphia, PA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold for scrap in 1926 to the Ford Motor Co. of River Rouge, MI.


  • Displacement 4,880 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 19' 8"
  • Speed 10.3 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two double ended boilers, one 1,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Lake St. Clair 72k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake St. Clair 66k Possibly photographed near her builder's at Ecorse, Michigan, around the time of her inspection on 13 April 1918 and just before her completion.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65591
    Robert Hurst

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