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Lake Charlotte (ID 4394)

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


  • Built in 1918 as War Cymbal by the Great Lakes Engine Works, Ashtabula, OH for the Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd., agent for the Shipping Controller, London, England
  • Renamed Lake Charlotte prior to completion
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 October 1918 at Cardiff, Wales and commissioned USS Lake Charlotte (ID 4394) the same day
  • Struck from the Navy Register 20 September 1919
  • Decommissioned 23 September 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1927 to the Ford Motor Co. of River Rouge, MI and scrapped in 1928.


  • Displacement 2,239 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 19' 9"
  • Speed 10 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
    War Cymbal
    Lake Charlotte 47k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Lake Charlotte (ID 4394)
    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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