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Lake Worth (ID 2997)

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

  • Built in 1917 as War Banner by the Chicago Shipbuilding Co., Chicago, IL
  • Renamed Lake Worth before completion
  • Launched 15 September 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 December 1917
  • Commissioned USS Lake Worth (ID 2997), 26 February 1918
  • Decommissioned 2 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge S.A. of Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Phoenicier
  • Stranded and sunk during a gale, 11 October 1923, arriving at Memel, Germany from Blyth, England with coal
  • Raised seven months later and towed to Memel on 4 May 1924
  • Declared a constructive total loss, sold in July 1924 to Stelp and Leighton, Ltd. of London, England and repaired and renamed Amberstone
  • Sold in 1928 to J.A. Haarberg of Bergen, Norway and renamed Orland
  • Sunk 29 April 1940 by German air attack off Midsund, Norway.


  • Displacement 4,480 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 8½"
  • Speed 10.4 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 5"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,048hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS War Banner
    Lake Worth 39k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Worth 97k In port soon after completion. This photograph may have been taken when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 26 December 1917.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103268
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Lake Worth (ID 2997)
    Lake Worth 106k Photographed in 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103041
    Naval Historical Center
    SS Amberstone
    Lake Worth 74k Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105254
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Howe Monteith, USNRF26 February 1918
    02LCDR Justus A. Lewis, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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