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Lake Conesus (ID 4331)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Boy - Dog


  • Built in 1918 as War Gnome by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI for the Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd., agent for the Shipping Controller, London, England
  • Renamed Lake Conesus prior to completion
  • Launched 13 June 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 November 1918 at Cardiff, Wales and commissioned USS Lake Conesus (ID 4331) the same day
  • Decommissioned 11 October 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold for scrap in 1926 to the Ford Motor Co.


  • Displacement 1,367 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 19' 6"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,300hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Lake Conesus 68k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Conesus 96k In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 15 October 1918.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105211
    Robert Hurst

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