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Lake Port (ID 2994)

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


  • Built in 1917 as War Penguin by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 11 August 1917
  • Renamed Lake Port prior to completion
  • Completed in October 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 January 1918
  • Commissioned USS Lake Port (ID 2994), 21 January 1918
  • Decommissioned 31 July 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge, S.A. of Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Danubier
  • Sold again in 1925 to Armament Gylsen, S.A. of Antwerp and renamed Houthandel
  • Sold in 1927 to Mansei Kisen, K.K. of Tokyo, Japan and renamed Koshin Maru
  • Sold again in 1936 to Kuribayashi Shosen, K.K. of Tokyo and renamed Kosin Maru;
  • Wrecked 11 December 1945 during a gale at Kawasaki, Japan.


  • Displacement 4,400 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"; Draft 17' 10¼"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS War Penguin
    Lakeport 105k Possibly photographed around the time of her completion at Cleveland, Ohio, in October 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 94487
    Robert Hurst
    SS Lake Port
    Lakeport 55k Possibly photographed around the time of her inspection by the Third Naval District in late December 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 94488
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James Edward McCallum, USNRF21 January 1918 - 1919
    02LCDR Ole Marton Laud Hansen, USNRF1919 - 31 July 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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