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Lake Gakona (ID 4409-A)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Have - Cast


  • Built in 1918 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Detroit, MI
  • Launched 13 July 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 August 1918 and commissioned the same day at Montreal, Canada
  • Decommissioned, 23 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in 1927 by Ford Motor Co. of River Rouge, MI.


  • Displacement 1,445 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 21' 1¾"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,300ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Lake Gakona 50k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lake Gakona 129k Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Ralph M. Packer, USNRF22 August 1918
    02LCDR Thor C. Sorensen, USNRF/USN - Awarded three Legion of Merits (1943/1944/1945)1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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