(Str: t. 2,342; l. 261'; b. 43'6"; dr. 21'; s. 9.5 k.; cpl. 52; a. 1 3")
Lake Bloomington, a depot collier, was launched 18 June 1918 by American Shipbuilding Co., Chicago, III.; turned over to the USSB 12 September; and commissioned the same day at Montreal, Canada, Lt. Comdr. D. H. Smith, USNRF, in command.
Arriving Sydney, Nova Scotia, 23 September, Lake Bloomington joined a convoy and departed for European waters 7 October. She reached Brest, France, 21 October and began coaling runs between ports in the British Isles and the coast of France. While steaming from Penarth, Wales, to Bordeaux, France, with a cargo of coal, Lake Bloomington was stranded 11 December at Pointe de la Combre, France; abandoned the same day; and declared a total loss.