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Lake Frances (ID 4406)

Lake Frances served both the U. S. Navy and U.S. Army


  • Built in 1918 as J. W. McGrath by the Toledo Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OH
  • Renamed Lake Frances while under construction
  • Launched 15 June 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 August 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Frances (ID 4406) the same day
  • Decommissioned 23 September 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Reportedly sold to Richmond and New York Steamship Co., in 1920, then repossessed by U.S. Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1926 to the Ford Motor Co. of Detroit, MI
  • Sold in 1928 to Frank Paramino of San Francisco, CA
  • Sold in 1936 to the Coastal Steamship Co. of San Francisco
  • Acquired 30 September 1942 by the War Shipping Administration, chartered to the War Department and named USAT Lake Frances
  • Acquired 31 January 1946 by the Olympic Steamship Co., Inc. of Seattle, WA under a General Agency Agreement
  • Returned to the Coastal Steamship Co. 3 March 1946
  • Sold in 1946 to the Lee Che Co. of Shanghai, China and renamed Lee Hwa
  • Dropped from the merchant vessel registers in 1968
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 18' 6½"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 4"/40 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Lake Frances
    Lake Frances 31k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Lake Frances (ID 4406)
    Lake Frances 58k Naval Historical Center photo NH 65593 Robert Hurst

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