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Lake Forest (ID 2991)

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

Freighter/Mine Carrier:

  • Built in 1917 as War Fox by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Detroit, MI
  • Renamed Lake Forest while under construction
  • Launched 3 November 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 December 1917
  • Commissioned USS Lake Forest (ID 2991), 15 January 1918
  • Decommissioned 4 March 1919, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge S.A. of Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Venetier
  • Sold in 1925 to Armement Gylsen S.A. of Antwerp and renamed Tabakhandel
  • Sold again in 1925 to ESTE, S.S de Nav. Sud Atlantica of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sold in 1931 to Cia Argentina de Nav. Mihanovich of Buenos Aires
  • Sold in 1937 to Cia Carbonifera y de Fundicion Schwager of Valparaiso, Chile and renamed Chollin
  • Sold in 1948 to Fabrica de Cemento El Melon SA of Valparaiso and renamed Rafael Ariztia
  • Sold in 1956 to Cia Maritima Valck and Monckton of Valparaiso and renamed San Patricio
  • Sold in 1957 to Georgios Vatikiotis of Piraeus, Greece and renamed Mary V
  • Sold again in 1957 to Geo. Sigalas' Sons of Piraeus and renamed Kadio S
  • Scrapped at Gijon, Spain in 1960.


  • Displacement 4,100 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 18' 1"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 5"/51 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Lake Forest 50k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Forest 101k In this photo she is still wearing the "War" name originally assigned by the British, for whom the ship was being built until the U. S. Shipping Board requisitioned her in August 1917
    Naval Historical Center photos NH 68583 and NH 68534
    Robert Hurst
    Lake Forest 69k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Herbert R. O. Johnston, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918)15 January 1918
    02LCDR Holger E. Berg, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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