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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 101994:  Freighter Lake Catherine, which was USS Lake Catherine in 1918-19


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Lake Catherine (American Freighter, 1918).
Originally named Arthur R. Lewis.
Served as USS Lake Catherine (ID # 3568) in 1918-1919

Lake Catherine, a 1983 gross ton steam freighter, was built at Toledo, Ohio, in 1918. Taken over by the U.S. Navy and placed in commission as USS Lake Catherine (ID # 3568) in October 1918, she made one trans-Atlantic voyage during the final weeks of World War I. From November 1918 until July 1919, she operated in European waters, mainly carrying food in support of post-war relief activities. USS Lake Catherine was decommissioned in August 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. Subsequently employed as a merchant ship, she reportedly bore the names Oscar J. Lingeman, Aetna and Manasquan. The ship was scrapped in 1946.

This page features all available views concerning the freighter Lake Catherine of 1918 and USS Lake Catherine (ID # 3568).


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Photo #: NH 101994

Lake Catherine
(U.S. cargo ship, 1918)

Photographed in camouflage, at about the time she was completed. Originally named Arthur R. Lewis, she was acquired by the Navy and commissioned as USS Lake Catherine (ID# 3568) on 4 October 1918. The ship was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 15 August 1919.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 590 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99505

S.S. Lake Catherine
(American Freighter, 1918)

In port, possibly when she was inspected for Navy service during the summer or fall of 1918.
Note barge alongside, and pattern camouflage worn by this ship, which served as USS Lake Catherine (ID # 3568) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 47KB; 740 x 405 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105720

USS Lake Catherine
(ID # 3568)

At Danzig, circa March 1919, while employed on food relief service.
The original image is printed on post card stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 500 pixels

Note:
The ship's name is given incorrectly in the inscription printed on this image.

 
Photo #: NH 105721

USS Lake Catherine
(ID # 3568)

Members of the ship's crew, probably photographed at Danzig, circa March 1919, while she was employed on food relief service.
The original image is printed on post card stock.
The following inscription was hand-written on the reverse of the original card: "Picture of Ship & 15 of Crew. No time to write anything else before mail goes."

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 500 pixels

 


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New images added 10 May 2008