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Lake Crescent

 

Lakes in Florida and Washington.

 

(Str: t. 2,051: l. 261'; b. 43'6"; dr. 17'6"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 52; a. 1 3")

 

Lake Crescent, a cargo transport, was launched 31 January 1918 by the Chicago Shipbuilding Co., South Chicago, III.: operated as an Army cargo transport; acquired by the Navy 19 October 1919; and commissioned the same day at Cardiff, Wales, Lt. Comdr. Arthur B. Harding, USNRF, in command.

 

Operating out of Cardiff, Wales, Lake Crescent was assigned to NOTS as a coal transport between British and French ports.

 

After the Armistice, she steamed from Penarth, Wales, 14 February 1919 with 470 tons of Army stores and arrived New Orleans 15 March. A week later she departed on the first of four cruises to carry Army supplies from New Orleans to the Canal Zone. She returned to New Orleans 9 July, decommissioned on the 25th, and was returned to USSB the same day. She was sold to R. C. Pugand and operated by Columbian S.S. Co. under the name Padilla.