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Photo # NH 103041:  USS Lake Worth in 1919

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USS Lake Worth (ID # 2997), 1918-1919
Previously S.S. War Banner (American Freighter, 1917) and S.S. Lake Worth. Later renamed Phoenicier, Amberstone and Ørland

S.S. War Banner, a 2118 gross ton freighter, was built at Chicago, Illinois, in 1917. Originally ordered as part of the British World War I shipbuilding program, she was taken over by the U.S. Government before completion, and, following delivery, was renamed Lake Worth. The U.S. Navy acquired her in February 1918, placing her in commission at that time as USS Lake Worth (ID # 2997). As part of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she was initially employed carrying coal from Norfolk, Virginia, to Boston, Massachusetts, and to Bermuda. Between May and December 1918 Lake Worth made three round-trip voyages between the U.S. and Scotland. In addition to general cargo, she carried mines for use in the North Sea Mine barrage. In 1919 she carried coal and other cargo from the U.S. to the Azores and to ports in the Caribbean area. USS Lake Worth was decommissioned early in August 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board.

Lake Worth had long subsequent commercial service. Renamed Phoenicier in 1922 and later Amberstone and Ørland, she was sunk at Midsund, Norway, on 29 April 1940.

This page features all available views concerning USS Lake Worth (ID # 2997) and the civilian S.S. War Banner, which was later renamed Lake Worth, Phoenicier, Amberstone and Ørland.

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Photo #: NH 103268

S.S. War Banner
(American Freighter, 1917

In port soon after completion. This photograph may have been taken when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 26 December 1917.
Soon renamed Lake Worth, this ship was commissioned as USS Lake Worth (ID # 2997) on 26 February 1918. She was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 2 August 1919 and was renamed Phoenicier in 1922.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 78KB; 615 x 675 pixels

Photo #: NH 103041

USS Lake Worth
(ID # 2997)

Photographed in 1919.
The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 66KB; 740 x 455 pixels

Photo #: NH 105254

S.S. Amberstone
(British Freighter, 1917)

This freighter was built on the Great Lakes in 1917 as S.S. Lake Worth and served in the U.S. Navy from February 1918 to August 1919 as USS Lake Worth (ID # 2997). She was in commercial service as the Belgian S.S. Phoenicier in 1920-1924, the British S.S. Amberstone from 1924 to 1927, then as the Norwegian S.S. Ørland. She was sunk by German aircraft in Norwegian waters on 29 April 1940.

Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 54KB; 740 x 495 pixels


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