Lake Ypsilanti, a 2371 gross ton (5300 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Detroit in 1918 as part of the World War I emergency ship construction effort. Completed in September 1918, she sailed to Europe in convoy as a U. S. Shipping Board vessel, and was then assigned to the Army coal trade, carrying coal from Wales and Ireland to French ports. On 11 January 1919 the ship was taken over by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (N.O.T.S.) and placed in commission at Cardiff, Wales, as USS Lake Ypsilanti (ID # 4114). She was transferred from the Army coal trade to the Navy coal trade on 19 February 1919 but continued to operate between the same ports. Departing Cardiff for New York on 14 June 1919, Lake Ypsilanti was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board on 15 July of that year. She was scrapped by the Ford Motor Company in 1928.
This page features all available views concerning the American freighter Lake Ypsilanti, which was USS Lake Ypsilanti (ID # 4114) in 1919.
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Photo #: NH 105219
S.S. Lake Ypsilanti (American Freighter, 1918)
In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 10 July 1919 just after her Navy service. The ship served as USS Lake Ypsilanti (ID # 4114) from 11 January 1919 to 15 July 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 11 September 2007