Lake Pewaukee, a 2167 gross ton (4750 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1918 as part of the World War I emergency ship construction effort. She was ordered by the British as War Sentry but was requisitioned by the U.S. Shipping Board and renamed while under construction. Completed at the end of April 1918, Lake Pewaukee was initially manned by the U. S. Shipping Board and sailed to Europe in convoy, carrying over 1,700 tons of Army general cargo. Once in Europe she was operated on time charter in support of the Army until taken over by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (N.O.T.S.) on 7 September 1918 at Brest, France. Placed in commission at that time as USS Lake Pewaukee (ID # 2906), the ship then operated in the Army coal trade, carrying coal from Wales to French ports, with her home port at Cardiff, Wales. She departed Brest for the United States on 19 February 1919, arriving at New York on 11 March. Lake Pewaukee was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board on 22 March 1919. She was scrapped by the Ford Motor Company at Detroit in 1928.
This page features all available views concerning the American freighter Lake Pewaukee, which was USS Lake Pewaukee (ID # 2906) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 105215
S.S. Lake Pewaukee (American Freighter, 1918)
In port wearing pattern camouflage paint. This ship served as USS Lake Pewaukee (ID # 2906) from 7 September 1918 to 22 March 1919.
The photo may have been taken when she was inspected by the Ninth Naval District on 1 May 1918, a day after being completed and probably near her builder's yard at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 11 September 2007