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Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive
Lake Frances (ID 4406)
Lake Frances served both the U. S. Navy and U.S. Army
Freighter:Built in 1918 as J. W. McGrath by the Toledo Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OHRenamed Lake Frances while under constructionLaunched 15 June 1918Acquired by the Navy 22 August 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Frances (ID 4406) the same dayDecommissioned 23 September 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping BoardReportedly sold to Richmond and New York Steamship Co., in 1920, then repossessed by U.S. Shipping BoardSold in 1926 to the Ford Motor Co. of Detroit, MISold in 1928 to Frank Paramino of San Francisco, CASold in 1936 to the Coastal Steamship Co. of San FranciscoAcquired 30 September 1942 by the War Shipping Administration, chartered to the War Department and named USAT Lake FrancesAcquired 31 January 1946 by the Olympic Steamship Co., Inc. of Seattle, WA under a General Agency AgreementReturned to the Coastal Steamship Co. 3 March 1946Sold in 1946 to the Lee Che Co. of Shanghai, China and renamed Lee HwaDropped from the merchant vessel registers in 1968Fate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 1,190 t.Length 261'Beam 43' 6"Draft 18' 6½"Speed 10 kts.Complement 52Armament: One 4"/40 mountPropulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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