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Lake Charlotte (ID 4394)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Vice - Cast

Acquired Freighter:
  • Built by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ashtabula, OH (YN 186)
  • Ordered for the Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd., agent for the Shipping Controller, London, England as War Cymbal
  • Launched, 20 April 1918
  • Renamed Lake Charlotte prior to completion
  • Completed, June 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy at Cardiff, Wales, 17 October 1918
  • Commissioned USS Lake Charlotte (ID 4394) the same day
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 20 September 1919
  • Decommissioned and returned to the United States Shipping Board, 23 September 1919
  • Sold for scrapping to Ford Motor Co., River Rouge, MI, July 1927


  • Displacement 2,239 tons
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 19' 9"
  • Speed 10 knots
  • 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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    War Cymbal
    Lake Charlotte 47k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Lake Charlotte (ID 4394)
    Lake Charlotte
    445k RPPC Of USS Lake Charlotte moored, date and location unknown. John Milewski
    Lake Charlotte
    843k RPPC Of USS Lake Charlotte moored, date and location unknown. John Milewski
    Lake Charlotte 114k Crew members on board, circa 1918-1919. A hand-written inscription on the back of the original print reads: "Gun Crew & Radio Girls. Note uniform of the day."
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107313
    Robert Hurst

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