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Lake Harris (ID 4429-A)



Civilian call sign:
Love - Mike - George - Quack

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 as War Fairy by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ashtabula, OH
  • Renamed Lake Harris while under construction
  • Launched 27 May 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 August 1918 and commissioned USS Lake Harris (ID 4429-A) the same day
  • Decommissioned 5 September 1919 at Philadelphia, PA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1925 to the Ford Motor Co., River Rouge, MI
  • Scrapped in 1928 by the Ford Motor Co.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,340 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 19' 8"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Lake Harris
    Lake Harris 31k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Lake Harris (ID 4429-A)
    Lake Harris 91k Aground on the Isles of Scilly, Great Britain in 1918
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Marine Historical Collection
    Robert Hurst
    Lake Harris 75k Leaving No. 1 Dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, probably circa August 1919 while preparing for decommissioning
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 389

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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