A lake in Calcasieu Parish, La., 90 miles west of Morgan City
(Str. t. 1,948; l. 261; b. 43'6"; dr. 17'9"; s. 9 k; cpl. 52; a. 1 3")
Lake Arthur, a cargo transport, was launched 16 February 1918 by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Detroit; acquired by the Navy from the USSB 17 September 1918; and commissioned at Brest, France, the same day, Lt. Comdr. Edwin T. Madden, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to NOTS, Lake Arthur transported Army stores from United Kingdom bases to supply ports in France. She served in this capacity until 18 February 1919 when she cleared Cardiff, Wales, laden with Army cargo. Arriving Philadelphia 11 March, Lake Arthur decommissioned 3 April and was returned to USSB the same day. In 1928 she was sold to Eastern Steamship Lines, Inc., and operated out of Norfolk under the name Virginia Limited.