USS Lake Fernwood, a 2013 gross ton cargo ship, was launched on 4 May 1918 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio, and completed in June. She was acquired by the Navy at Brest, France, on 23 September 1918 and commissioned on the same day.
Operating out of Cardiff, Wales, Lake Fernwood was assigned to NOTS as a coal transport between British and French ports. After the Armistice, she steamed from Newport, England, on 22 February 1919 with 700 tons of Army stores, arriving at Philadelphia on 16 March. Sailing to New York three weeks later, she decommissioned on 8 April 1919 and was returned to the USSB the same day. Lake Fernwood was sold in 1923 to the Richmond New York S.S. Co., and renamed Virginia Despatch. She became the Italian Mercurio in 1935 and was sunk by aircraft at Parenzo on 22 September 1944.
This page features all available views of USS Lake Fernwood (ID # 4410).
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Photo #: NH 107021-A
USS Lake Fernwood (ID # 4410)
Photographed in port, 1918-1919.
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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